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  • Friend of SIF Offers Matching Grants to three 2020 Social Innovator Organizations

    Significant increase in donations for Boston HERC enables launch of new mentor programming to support youth starting college remotely

    An anonymous donor in our network, who has a background funding education in the City of Boston, offered a matching grant opportunity of $5,000 to three organizations in the 2020 Social Innovator cohort: Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center); 1647 Inc.; and Elevated Thought. Read more to learn how Boston HERC raised $15,000 in a matter of a few weeks! 

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  • Notes from the Field #12

    Hear from 2019 Social Innovator, Boston Youth Wrestling!

    This issue of Notes from the Field is the second of a two-part series on Youth Voices, which aims to amplify the voices of young people connected to SIF’s Social Innovator organizations. Part two features  Coaches in Training (CIT) students from Boston Youth Wrestling, a 2019 Social Innovator. 

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  • Notes from the Field #11

    Hear from 2018 Social Innovator, Fathers' Uplift
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    • Published on September 28, 2020

    This issue of Notes from the Field is the first of a two-part series on Youth Voices, which aims to amplify the voices of young people connected to SIF’s Social Innovator organizations. Part one features two youth who are participants of Fathers’ Uplift, a 2018 Social Innovator.

  • Reimagining the Role of Nonprofits in Communities of Color

    Nonprofit roundtable features Black nonprofit leaders from Transformative Culture Project, Urban Farming Institute, and Black Economic Council of Massachusetts
    • By Syed Raza & Kassandra Goncalves
    • Published on September 09, 2020

    On August 13, SIF hosted a Nonprofit Roundtable with Black leaders in the sector to discuss their role in communities of color. Among the topics discusses were: nonprofit communities and leaders, economic sustainability and funder partnerships, and racial equity targets for nonprofit organizations. Thank you to all of those who participated in the conversations. 

  • Notes From the Field #10

    Hear from More than Words (2009 Social Innovator) and Silver Lining Mentoring (2014 Social Innovator)

    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from More than Words (2009 Social Innovator) and Silver Lining Mentoring (2014 Social Innovator),  about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19. 

  • Notes From the Field #9

    Hear from Social Capital Inc. (2003 Social Innovator) and Disability Policy Consortium (2019 Social Innovator)

    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from Social Capital Inc. (2003 Social Innovator) and Disability Policy Consortium (2019 Social Innovator),  about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19. 

  • Event Summary: Moving Towards Social Justice Philanthropy

    Key takeaways and lessons learned from Surdna Family Foundation's journey towards social justice philanthropy
    • By Susan Musinsky
    • Published on August 06, 2020

    A brief summary of our event on June 30, "Moving Towards Social Justice Philanthropy: One Family Foundation's Journey, Challenges, and Lessons", in partnership with Philanthropy Massachusetts. Thank you to Kelly Nowlin and Sam Downes, members of the Surdna Family Foundation, who shared some key insights and resources to help other mission-based organizations understand pressing social issues and make more effective philanthropic decisions. 

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  • Notes From the Field #8

    Hear from Shelter Music Boston (2013 Social Innovator) and Community Boating Center (2018 Social Innovator)

    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from Shelter Music Boston (2013 Social Innovator) and Community Boating Center (2018 Social Innovator),  about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19. 

  • Evaluating Progress: Key Takeaways

    SIF's In-kind partner Analysis Group reflects on 2018 Social Innovators responses to data-related challenges, adaptations, and successes
    • By Natalie Bina & Natalie Fox
    • Published on July 30, 2020

    After attending the virtual funder session, "Evaluating Progress for Continuous Learning: Lessons from our 2018 Social Innovators",  Natalie Bina and Natalie Fox from Analysis Group (SIF's In-kind partner) decided to write up a reflection on the 2018 Social Innovator responses to data-related challenges, adaptations, and successes. 

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  • Notes From the Field #7

    Hear from Groundwork Lawrence (2013 Social Innovator) and Catie's Closet (2015 Social Innovator)

    In this week's Notes From the Field, we hear from Groundwork Lawrence (2013 Social Innovator) and Catie's Closet (2015 Social Innovator),  about how their organizations are pivoting, addressing challenges, and achieving successes amid COVID-19.