About Root Cause

Nonprofits We've Launched

In addition to collaborating with existing organizations, Root Cause has launched, incubated, and spun off two sustainable, independent nonprofits:



Originally started at Root Cause as InnerCity Entrepreneurs, Interise fuels economic growth in lower income communities through their established small businesses. Since 2004, its network has built up to 3,350 small businesses growing and expanding in over 65 communities nationwide with its help.

Read The New York Times profile of Interise.

Social Innovation Forum (SIF)

Social Innovation Forum (SIF) provides a unique combination of capacity building and network building to create positive social change in greater Boston. From 2003-2015, SIF directed over $22 million in cash and in-kind services to 85 organizations, and its portfolio continues to grow.

Watch the video about SIF's impact.