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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  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council

    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Healthy Aging

    Massachusetts Senior Action Council is a statewide, grassroots, senior-led organization that empowers its members to use their own voices to address key public policy and community issues that affect their health and well-being.

  • MathPOWER

    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
      Education & College Access

    MathPOWER’s mission is to transform the lives of urban youth by developing proficiency in advanced mathematics and personal resiliency. MathPOWER envisions a world in which all students achieve competency in advanced mathematics, which serves as a gateway to lifelong learning and a productive career.

  • Medicine Wheel Productions

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Civic Engagement
      Youth Development

    Medicine Wheel Productions engages young people and adults in constructive dialogue through public art to help them build awareness of self, community, and the human condition.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    Mill City Grows

    • 2014 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Food Insecurity
      Gateway Cities
      Health & Nutrition

    Mill City Grows fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education.

  • More Than Words

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness
      Social Enterprise
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development

    More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    My Life My Choice

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Women & Girls
      Youth Development

    My Life My Choice is a nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents through survivor-led programs that educate and empower youth to create a positive life path while working to eliminate the violence and victimization of sexual exploitation.

  • Mystic River Watershed Association

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Civic Engagement

    Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Mystic River, its lakes, tributaries, and watershed lands and to improve local environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents of the Mystic River Watershed.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor MA Education Fund

    • 2021 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement

    In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, Neighbor to Neighbor chapters in Lynn, Worcester, Springfield, and Holyoke are building the power to confront this triple crisis in Massachusetts. They seed the new alternatives that put power and decision-making in the hands of those directly affected. 

  • OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

    • 2020 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts

    OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center's mission is to utilize innovative dance instruction, performance opportunities, and other effective development strategies to promote self-esteem, leadership development, physical fitness, and self-sufficiency among youth ages 2-18.

  • PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative)

    • 2020 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Opioid Epidemic

    PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative) provides training, strategic guidance, and support to police departments developing and implementing non-arrest referral programs.