Innovators & Entrepreneurs

The Social Innovation Forum's portfolio of nonprofit Social Innovators represents a range of social issues including food insecurity, healthy aging, environmental sustainability, youth development, and the arts. Explore our portfolio by year or social issue and read Innovator and Entrepreneur Spotlights to learn what it means to be a part of the Social Innovation Forum.

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  • Catie's Closet

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Education & College Access

    Catie’s Closet improves attendance and removes social stigmas by providing up to date clothing and necessities to students living in poverty through innovative in-school free stores.

  • ChopChopKids

    • 2014 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    ChopChopKids is an innovative nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. ChopChopKids believes that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

  • Citizens for Juvenile Justice

    • 2017 Social Innovator

    Citizens for Juvenile Justice advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. A justice system that is designed to promote the healthy development of youth, so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in their communities.

  • City Feed and Supply

    • 2013 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    City Feed and Supply's mission is to be a neighborhood market/café/deli that reflects and serves the needs of the community which sustains it. City Feed provides healthy, natural, specialty, local and organic food options to customers and offers employees challenging, enjoyable and competitively compensated jobs inside a merit-based management structure.

  • CitySprouts

    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Food Insecurity
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    CitySprouts develops, implements and maintains beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.

  • ClearGov

    • 2016 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Social Business Accelerator

    ClearGov empowers citizens with easy to understand government financial data to help drive positive change and collaboration with government.

  • Close to Home

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Mental Health
      Women & Girls

    Close to Home harnesses the power of social relationships amongst family and friends of domestic violence victims and works community by community with youth, residents, and organizations who take action to address the problem of domestic and sexual violence together.

  • Coaching4Change

    • 2014 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Gateway Cities
      Youth Development

    Coaching4Change blends coach education, literacy, and leadership to empower and employ teenagers.  Through these programs, Coaching for Change provides out-of-school learning opportunities that keep teens engaged and motivated to graduate while developing employable skills.

  • Common Impact

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Financial Empowerment
      Social Enterprise

    Common Impact works to build a society in which individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. Common Impact connects corporate employees to nonprofit organizations with proven models to tackle the greatest challenges our communities face.

  • Community Boating Center

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Gateway Cities
      Youth Development

    Community Boating Center of New Bedford teaches positive life values to area youth using sailing and boating as a tool to instill important life lessons in students and instructors, including the values of integrity, sound judgement, teamwork, and environmental awareness. Community Boating Center views itself as a community outreach center connecting Greater New Bedford’s youth with mentors to enhance their lives through boating.