Social Innovators

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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  • Company One Theatre

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Arts

    Company One Theatre’s mission is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and developing civically engaged artists.

  • Cooking Matters Massachusetts

    A program of Share Our Strength
    • 2012 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Food Insecurity
      Health & Nutrition

    Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® Massachusetts empowers families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home. As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals.

  • Courageous Parents Network

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Mental Health

    Courageous Parents Network is a web-based therapeutic intervention that provides parents who are caring for seriously ill children with the skills, tools, and virtual support they need to cope and adapt during their child’s illness journey.

  • Cradles to Crayons

    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Youth Development

    Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. The organizations supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

  • Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

    • 2014 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Mental Health

    Doc Wayne Youth Services connects with youth through sports, utilizing a sports-based therapeutic curriculum, do the good® (DtG). Its mission is to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen youth.

  • Dorchester Community Food Co-op

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Enterprise

    The Dorchester Community Food Coop is an initiative to build a cooperatively owned grocery store that provides access to nutritious food at a fair price, creates economic opportunity, and nurtures community engagement.

  • Eagle Eye Institute

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Youth Development

    Eagle Eye Institute provides opportunities for urban young people to learn about, make connections with, and be inspired to protect the natural environment. Through this work, Eagle Eye seeks to increase the diversity of people involved in serving as environmental leaders.

  • 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.

  • 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.