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.

Learn more about our 2021 Social Innovator cohort here

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  • 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.

  • Groundwork Lawrence

    • 2013 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Environmental Sustainability
      Civic Engagement
      Food Insecurity
      Gateway Cities

    Through its environmental and open space improvements, healthy food access programs, youth education, employment initiatives, and community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) creates the building blocks of a healthy community and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life.

  • Hale

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Environmental Sustainability
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    Hale offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire a passion for learning, and encourage an appreciation for the natural environment through camps, school partnerships, and team building programs.

  • Haley House

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Financial Empowerment
      Workforce Development

    Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. Haley House's social enterprise café serves as a vehicle for teaching skills to under-employed adults and teenagers through a bakery training program that offers six months of paid instruction in basic baking and food service skills.

  • Hearth Outreach Program

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Healthy Aging
      Housing & Homelessness
      Mental Health

    Hearth is dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly. Hearth's Outreach Program seeks to reach all people ages 50 or above who are currently living on Boston's streets and in homeless shelters or who are at risk of homelessness.

  • Home & Healthy for Good

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness

    Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) provides housing, support services, and advocacy for chronically homeless people across Massachusetts.

  • Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI_USA)

    • 2021 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

    The Immigrant Family Services Institute’s mission is to expedite the successful integration of recent immigrants into the social and economic fabric of the United States with justice and dignity. Immigrant Family Services Institute provides targeted academic support and enrichment services, using a holistic approach that addresses the unique challenges of immigrant children as a way to maximize their full potential in school and beyond.

  • Incarcerated Youth at Play

    A program of the Actors' Shakespeare Project
    • 2007 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Youth Development

    Incarcerated Youth at Play, an initiative of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, serves court involved youth under the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), and sometimes in treatment centers connected to the Department of Social Services (DSS). Over a period of 3-16 weeks, the organization's teaching artists work in residence in treatment and assessment centers creating an ensemble with youth who explore Shakespeare’s plays and write, sing, dance, rehearse, and perform.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    InnerCity Weightlifting

    • 2012 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development

    InnerCity Weightlifing (ICW) uses fitness training as a tool to reduce violence and promote professional, personal and academic achievement among urban youth. ICW empowers young people with the confidence to say no to violence and yes to opportunity.

  • Institute for Nonprofit Practice

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Workforce Development

    Institute for Nonprofit Practice educates, empowers, and builds community among nonprofit managers and leaders at all career levels through year-long certificate programs to strengthen the skills, networks, and diversity of the nonprofit leadership pipeline.