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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  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD)

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Disabilities
      Youth Development

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. PYD motivates youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals, and guides organizations in becoming more inclusive.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    Playworks

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    The Playworks mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will have access to safe, healthy play every day, recognizing that play creates valuable opportunities for children to grow physically, emotionally, and socially.

  • PlenOptika

    • 2016 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    PlenOptika has created the “QuickSee,” a low-cost handheld device that provides eyeglass prescriptions at the push of a button.

  • Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

    Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project provides free legal services to indigent asylum seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice. Since 1989, PAIR has served more than 11,000 asylum seekers and detailed immigrants, assisting more than 1,400 clients a year.

  • Press Pass TV

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

    Press Pass TV is an award-winning organization that uses the power of media arts to provide meaningful employment and education, offer creative outlets for self-affirmation, teach life sustaining skills, and empower communities with the resilience to thrive.

  • Project Citizenship

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement

    Project Citizenship enables immigrants to become citizens through free screening, large citizenship workshops, individual application assistance and referrals. For those unable to learn English due to a disability and those unable to pay, Project Citizenship advocates to obtain a disability waiver or a fee waiver.

  • Project Repat

    • 2013 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Social Business Accelerator

    Project Repat makes it fun and easy to upcycle excess clothing into fashionable and functional new products, while creating fair-wage jobs in the United States.

  • PSM Clean Energy

    • 2016 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Social Business Accelerator

    PSM Clean Energy’s online platform enables individuals to make direct impact investments in local solar projects developed and managed by PSM’s team of solar experts.

  • Raw Art Works

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Education & College Access
      Mental Health
      Youth Development

    RAW Art Works uses power of the arts to transform young lives by creating a culture where every artist feels welcomed, connected, and committed to our community.  RAW’s clinical art therapists and professional artists build meaningful relationships with each child helping them see a broader palette of life choices.

  • Rediscovery Inc.

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Housing & Homelessness
      Youth Development

    Rediscovery Inc. provides stable living environments, vocational and educational training, clinical supports, and aftercare services to youth transitioning out of state custody.