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  • Notes From the Field #6

    Hear from 2020 Social Innovators Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and Community Economic Development Center

    • This is the second of two emails that will feature several organizations in our portfolio who are making important pivots to their work with the goal of keeping immigrants safe, protected, and increasing their access to critical resources during the crisis. Last week, we heard from Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (2016 Social Innovator), Center for Economic Development (2017 Social Innovator); this week we will hear from Project Citizenship (2017 Social Innovator) and English For New Bostonians (2019 Social Innovator). 

  • Notes From the Field #5

    Hear from 2020 Social Innovators Project Citizenship and English for New Bostonians

    The next couple of stories in Notes From the Field will feature several organizations in our portfolio who are making important pivots to their work with the goal of keeping immigrants safe, protected, and increasing their access to critical resources during the crisis. We'll hear from Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (2016 Social Innovator), Project Citizenship (2017 Social Innovator),  Center for Economic Development (2017 Social Innovator),  English For New Bostonians (2019 Social Innovator). 

  • SIF Launches 2020-2021 Social Innovator Accelerator

    Seeking nonprofits for our 24-month capacity-building program

    We are pleased to welcome six new Massachusett nonprofits into our 2020-2021 Social Innovator Accelerator cohort. Applications are now open to apply or nominate a nonprofit for our Social Innovator Accelerator. Please note that we are accepting applications through Monday, July 20. 

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  • Notes From the Field #4

    Hear from 2020 Social Innovators OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center and PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative)

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    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from two of our 2020 Social Innovators, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center and PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative), about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19. 

  • Notes From the Field #3

    Hear from 2020 Social Innovators Elevated Thought and WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area League)

    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from two of our 2020 Social Innovators, Elevated Thought and WHALE, about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19. 

  • Notes From the Field #2

    Hear from 2020 Social Innovators The 1647 Inc. and Vital Village Network

    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from two of our 2020 Social Innovators, The 1647 Inc. and Vital Village Network, about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19. 

  • Celebrating SIF Funders' Proactive Response to COVID-19

    Wellington Management, MassMutual Foundation, The Devonshire Foundation, and the Gross family react quickly to support their grantees in crisis.

    In response to COVID-19, we wanted to highlight Wellington Management Foundation, MassMutual Foundation, The Devonshire Foundation, and the Gross family who are among those setting an example of how the philanthropic community can respond proactively in a crisis.

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  • Notes From the Field #1

    Hear from 2020 Social Innovators Adaptive Sports New England and Boston HERC

    In our first Notes from the Field we hear from two of our 2020 Social Innovators, Adaptive Sports New England and Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center), about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19 crisis. 

  • A letter to our Social Innovation Forum Community

    COVID-19 and the importance of supporting our local nonprofit organizations

    Dear Friends and Supporters of the SIF Community, 

    At this time of real challenge in the world and in Eastern Massachusetts, the health and well-being of our community members is our top concern. In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) has stopped all convenings and programming through early April, and our staff team will be working remotely for the next two weeks. We will continue to evaluate our options for the Showcase, which is currently scheduled for Monday, May 18. We will keep you informed about any changes over the next few weeks.

  • Third Interview Pair: Toni Elka (Future Chefs) and Klare Shaw (Liberty Mutual Insurance)

    Moving Forward Together interview series

    Our third interview pair for the Moving Forward Together interview blog series features Toni Elka, Executive Director of and Klare Shaw, National Director of Programs at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Toni and Klare's approach to resolving power dynamics began with an awareness of how their leadership presence would affect the quality of their relationship. As Klare mentions, Toni chose to be very direct and confident from the beginning. similarly, Klare was willing to help Toni through any of her challenges. We hope you enjoy reading more about Toni and Klare's journey towards a more trusting and stronger relationship. 

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