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  • Recap of Courageous & Creative Leadership

    Hear more about the 2019 Cohort Accelerator journey
    • By Jenna Nackel & Kassandra Goncalves
    • Published on June 29, 2021

    On June 3rd, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) hosted Courageous and Creative Leadership, an event to celebrate its 2019 cohort of Social Innovators as they complete their 24-month engagement in SIF’s Social Innovator Accelerator. Read more about their work and impact in SIF’s Social Innovator Progress Report: An Update on the 2019 Cohort.

  • Reflections on SIF’s DEI Audit Journey

    DEI Audit subgroup members reflect on shared leadership and consensus-based decision making
    • By DEI Audit Subgroup
    • Published on June 17, 2021

    In November of 2020, SIF began the search for a  consultant to conduct an organization-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion audit. Members of this DEI planning group included Kassandra Goncalves, Communications & Events Coordinator; Susan Musinsky, Executive Director; Syed Raza, Development Associate; and Sarah Dingee, Program Manager. The group reflected on their experiences involving shared leadership and entering the search process with an open mind. 

  • Recap of 2021 Showcase

    Our 2021 Social Innovators gave it their best!
    • By The SIF Team
    • Published on May 27, 2021

    Again, we gathered our community online for a virtual Social Innovator Showcase featuring our 2021 Social Innovators - Breaktime, Comprehensive Reentry Program, a model of Project Place, Everyday Boston, Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA), Neighbor to Neighbor MA Education Fund, and The Loop Lab. These six innovators presented their pitches to an audience of close to 400 people. Thank you to our full staff, our 2021 Social Innovators, event sponsors, and community leaders for being part of this special event. 

  • SIF’s Team Response to Verdict on George Floyd Murder

    SIF speaks
    • By The SIF Team
    • Published on April 28, 2021

    On April 20, 2021, at 4:00 pm, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meeting about our team goals was canceled.  We received a note with the option to gather informally without an agenda as most of us wrestled with our emotions of anxiety, hope, anger, and frustration.  Over the last year and a half, our team has been more intentional about our DEI learning and have come to understand the impact of the world around us and how it can carry with us even at work.  We have learned that creating safe spaces at work can help during trying times. Although team members might not have the same need, the option to meet informally is one in which anyone can show up and take as much space as they need.  At 4:30 pm, we were still waiting to hear the jury’s verdict on Derek Chauvin's trial. There was a sudden stillness in our Zoom call – a moment in which we shared a deep appreciation of our humanity. As the end of the working day came, some team members dropped off but others stayed on. There were four of us remaining at the end. We all absorbed the news with quiet relief while acknowledging that real justice would mean George Floyd being alive.  

  • Standing in Support of our Asian-American Community

    We honor the lives lost to hate and violence by remaining committed to uprooting white supremacy culture, hate, and discrimination
    • By The SIF Team
    • Published on March 31, 2021

    SIF stands alongside its community to support the fight for justice for all Asian Americans. Please read our full statement which contains more resources and information on the work being done to #STOPASIANHATE in Asian-American communities. We also list the organization's in our portfolio that are recognized for their advocacy work in Asian-American communities. 

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  • Work Harder on Yourself than You Do on Your Job

    A recap of SIF's 2021 New Bedford Capacity Camp
    • By Margaret Leipsitz & Jimena Chavez
    • Published on March 30, 2021

    This year's Capacity Camp program focuses on developing the leadership of nonprofit leaders in the New Bedford area. Schrafft Charitable Trust and The Island Foundation came together to sponsor six of New Bedford's nonprofit organizations. Read more about what the experience was like for each New Bedford nonprofit leader and how their supporters got involved! 

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  • Notes from the Field #15

    Budget Buddies, a 2016 Social Innovator

    In this edition of Notes From the Field,  you will hear from 2016 Social Innovator, Budget Buddies, about how their organization is pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • The Best Laid Strategic Plans...

    Reflections on SIF’s strategic plan in year two

    Nearly two years ago, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) Board of Directors approved the organization’s first strategic plan, which helped set a course for the next phase of work in Greater Boston's social sector. A few months after sending out our strategic plan summary, the pandemic hit. Read more about how SIF pivoted quickly and continued its capacity-building work amid the COVID-19 pandemic!

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