Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum selected Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring as one of the top innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston competing to receive more than $135,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners.  An evaluation committee made up of more than 70 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors reviewed more than 100 applications and selected the finalists.

AFC Mentoring was selected for its in-depth work on behalf of youth in foster care in the Greater Boston area.  AFC is the only mentoring organization in the Commonwealth that exclusively serves youth in care.  For more information, please visit the AFC Mentoring website (

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum believes that spreading social innovation takes a vast community of stakeholders to spread ideas that work.  Our goal is to create a social impact market that brings nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business together to advance social innovations through the early stages of development to widespread social impact.  Each year, the Social Innovation Forum partners with leading foundations, corporations, and individual donors that support our Social Innovators with financial contributions, in-kind resources, volunteer time, and personal referrals or connections.

Selected Social Innovators will receive access to:

  • $10,000 from the social issue track sponsor
  • A package of consulting, executive coaching, and other in-kind services valued at more than $125,000
  • Long-term support from Social Innovation Forum staff on performance tracking and relationship building
  • Opportunities to participate in various networking events and become part of the Social Innovation Forum’s growing circle of nonprofit, business, government, and foundation leaders


For the 2013-2014 program year, the Social Innovation Forum will select one Social Innovator for each of the following five social issue tracks:


Anything Goes:  Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to our Region’s Toughest Social Issues

Track Sponsor:  Boston Open Impact

Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services

Track Sponsor: Bank of America Charitable Gift General Fund

Expanding Opportunities and Improving Services for Veterans in MA

Track Sponsor:  Highland Street Foundation

Sustainability in Our Communities: Building Greener and Healthier Cities

Track Sponsor:: Schrafft Charitable Trust

Youth in Gateway Cities: Investing in Young People, Revitalizing Communities

Track Sponsor: Amelia Peabody Foundation

The chosen Social Innovators for the above tracks will present their work to leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors at Root Cause’s Social Innovation Showcase on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. 


Root Cause is a non-profit research and consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business to advance solutions to today’s toughest social issues.  For more information visit the Root Cause website.