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Accepting applications now through July 20, 2020!

The Social Innovation Forum’s flagship program, the Social Innovator Accelerator, provides a unique opportunity for innovative nonprofits to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacityWe are actively recruiting applicants for the 2020 – 2021 cohort and will select one nonprofit Social Innovator for each of the social issue “tracks” below. Innovators will receive access to cash and in-kind benefits valued at $150,000 over the course of 24 months. Read more below about our benefits to Social Innovators, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

Advancing Education and Career Opportunities for Immigrant Youth
Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation
Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region’s
Toughest Social Issues
Track Partner: Boston Open Impact
Combating Recidivism Through Comprehensive Re-entry Programs
Track Partner: Wagner Foundation
Dismantling Hate and Building Social Cohesion Within and Across Communities
Track Partner: The Beker Foundation
Promoting a Healthy Democracy Through Civic Engagement and Community Empowerment
Track Partner: Civic Engagement Funder Collaborative
Reinventing Remote Learning Opportunities During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance

Each Social Innovator receives access to cash and benefits valued at more than $150,000:
  1. Five months of consulting services focused on enhancing the organization's ability to articulate the social problem it is addressing, its innovative approach, and its social impact. The consulting engagement culminates in the development of the following materials designed for funder/investor audiences:
    1. Written investment prospectus
    2. Five-minute pitch (with PowerPoint slides)
  2. Five months of executive coaching
  3. $10,000 cash upon completion of the consulting engagement
  4. Showcasing via numerous events, including a spring Showcase (May 2021) that annually attracts more than 350 business leaders, institutional funders, and individual philanthropists
  5. Networking and relationship-building support
  6. Graphic design services
  7. Presentation coaching
  8. Additional support from SIF’s in-kind partners (e.g., legal, graphic design, PR, technology)
  9. $2,500 capacity building grant in 2021 
The Social Innovation Forum’s nonprofit tracks are open to programs and organizations that:
  1. Are a registered 501(c)(3) or use a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3)
  2. Address a specific social need as described in at least one of our social issue tracks
  3. Are working in the greater Boston area, unless otherwise noted in the track description
  4. Have been operating for at least one cycle (usually a year) and have a proven concept
  5. Have a minimum of 1.5 FTEs (full-time equivalents—counting full and part-time staff, not volunteers)
  6. Have an annual operating budget of $100,000–$2 million*
  7. Are at an inflection point in their growth and development
*Note: Organizations with budgets greater than $2 million are welcome to submit an application for a specific program/initiative that has a total budget of less than that amount. In these cases, the entire application must refer to the program/initiative, not the parent organization with the exception of the Anything Goes track.
  1. Read through the Applicant Guide to determine whether or not your organization is a good “fit” for the Social Innovator Accelerator and for at least one of the social issue tracks.
  2. Create username and password on this site.
  3. Complete the online application. First round applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, July 20, 2020, at 5:00 pm. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
Contact Sarah Dingee, Program Manager,, or 978.344.2622.