Innovators & Entrepreneurs

The Social Innovation Forum's portfolio of nonprofit Social Innovators and social impact business Impact Entrepreneurs 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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  • English for New Bostonians

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

    English for New Bostonians (ENB) creates opportunities for adult immigrants to learn English and pursue their goals of economic advancement and civic participation, including supporting their children’s education. ENB supports English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, designs customized curricula, trains teachers, contributes community and policy research, and stimulates investment in the Massachusetts ESOL system.

  • Fathers’ Uplift

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Fatherhood

    Fathers’ Uplift assists fathers in overcoming financial, addiction, oppressive, emotional, and traumatic barriers to their engagement in children’s lives. Fathers have a positive and powerful impact on the development and health of children. Fathers’ Uplift helps each father reach their potential for themselves and the children in their lives.

  • Fiscal Health Vital Signs

    A program of DotWell
    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment
      Health & Nutrition

    DotWell works in collaboration with its founding health center partners - Codman Square Health Center and DotHouse Health - to provide integrated clinical and community services that address health disparities, build social capital, and meet the complex needs of their communities.

  • Fresh Food Generation

    • 2015 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Food Insecurity
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    Fresh Food Generation provides quick and easy on- the-go food options that are a healthy alternative to over-processed foods sold at corner stores and fast food chains.

  • Future Chefs

    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Youth Development

    Future Chefs prepares urban teens for quality work and life after high school by providing early employment and education opportunities in the restaurant industry, transferable skills training, and ongoing coaching and support.

  • Generations Incorporated

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Healthy Aging

    Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through grade 3. The organization also provides meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in partner schools and after school programs in low-income communities.

  • Girls’ LEAP

    (Lifetime Empowerment and Awareness Program)
    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Women & Girls
      Youth Development

    Girls’ LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment and Awareness Program) empowers girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being. Girls' LEAP interrupts the cycle of violence by teaching girls that they have a right to be safe and how to defend themselves if necessary. They partner with local schools and community centers to deliver empowerment and self-defense services to girls aged 8-18 in Greater Boston.

  • Green City Growers

    • 2013 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    Green City Growers transforms unused space into thriving urban farms, providing its clients with immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency.

  • GreenRoots

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Health & Nutrition

    GreenRoots is a community-based organization working to achieve environmental justice through collective action, unity, empowerment, and youth leadership. GreenRoots has an impressive track record of resident-led activism that has brought about achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories for Chelsea, East Boston, and the region.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    GRIT

    • 2013 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Disabilities
      Social Business Accelerator

    GRIT worked with hundreds of wheelchair riders, engineers, and industry experts over the last five years to open up a whole new range of possibilities for those bold enough to move beyond the pavement.