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18 Jul

Social Innovator Information Session Next Week

Written by Anna Trieschmann, Program Coordinator, Social Innovation Forum


Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum launched its call for Social Innovator applications in late June. The 2013-2014 program cycle is already turning out to be a particularly promising year; there are a wide range of new social issue areas and expanded geographic regions If you would like to learn more about the Social Innovation Forum and what it means to be a Social Innovator, attend our upcoming Social Innovator Information Session on Tuesday, July 23 from 8:30 am-10:00 am. To RSVP and receive directions, please email rsvp@rootcause.org.

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum provides a unique opportunity for innovative nonprofits and social enterprises to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity. Our search and selection process lasts six months and involves two rounds of written applications, in-person interviews, and other forms of due diligence. This process brings together a range of stakeholders, including Root Cause staff, track sponsors, and an evaluation committee made up of more than 70 business, government, and foundation leaders.

One nonprofit Social Innovator in each of five “social issue tracks” will receive access to cash and benefits valued at over $135,000 including the opportunity to pitch at the Social Innovator Showcase in May 2014, an event that annually attracts over 300 business leaders, institutional funders, and individual philanthropists. (A sixth track, called “Impact Investing: Connecting Social Enterprises to Capital” will choose a cohort of four to six social enterprises. For more information on that track, see the Impact Entrepreneur’s Applicant Guide).

Root Cause’s 2013-2014 Social Innovation Forum is especially exciting as it includes an “Anything Goes” track that is open to innovative nonprofits working on challenging social issues that do not, and perhaps never have, fit into one of the more specific social issue tracks. Additionally, the Social Innovation Forum will feature Veterans’ issues, an important area of work that is making its debut as a social issue track this year.

We have also expanded our reach beyond greater Boston through a “Youth in Gateway Cities” track that is open to nonprofits in Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Quincy, Revere, Salem, and Taunton and a track focused on Mental Health that is open to organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Finally, the “Sustainability in Our Communities” track is quickly gaining interest from Boston’s thriving community of “green” entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations working to making our city healthier.

Applications are due Thursday, August 1 at 5:00 pm. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at socialinnovationforum@rootcause.org or 617.649.1518. We look forward to seeing you at next week’s information s