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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  • Community Economic Development Center

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Workforce Development

    Community Economic Development Center fosters economic justice in the local economy through people-centered development. CEDC seeks to create a more just, local economy by building bridges to resources, networks, and cooperative action for new immigrants and low income members of its community.

  • 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.

  • Disability Policy Consortium

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Disabilities

    Disability Policy Consortium (DPC) is a statewide civil rights advocacy, research, and healthcare ombudsman organization run by and for people with disabilities. DPC believes that people with disabilities should be not just at the table but at the forefront of making the policies that affect their community: “About us, by us.”

  • 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.

  • 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.