FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20th, 2013


BOSTON (December 20, 2013)—Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum announced that Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring (AFC) Mentoring is one of five “Social Innovators” it has selected for 2013-2014, its 10th program year, representing the “Anything Goes” track sponsored by Boston Open Impact. As a Social Innovator, AFC Mentoring will receive access to cash and capacity-building services over the next 24 months from Root Cause and its partners valued at more than $115,000.

Evaluation and interview committees made up of more than 70 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors reviewed upwards of 100 applications to select the winners – all of which are at an exciting inflection point and have compelling missions, strong leadership and vision, a desire to improve, and growth potential.

Below is the list of Social Innovators, along with the designated social issue track and the track’s sponsoring partner.

Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring

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

Sponsoring Partner: Boston Open Impact

Coaching for Change

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

Sponsoring Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Track: Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services

Sponsoring Partner: Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund – General Fund

Mill City Grows

Track: Sustainability in Our Communities: Building Greener and Healthier Cities

Sponsoring Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

Veterans Legal Services

Track: Expanding Opportunities and Improving Services for Veterans in Massachusetts

Sponsoring Partner: Highland Street Foundation

In addition to consulting, executive coaching and other in-kind services, AFC Mentoring also will receive long-term support from Social Innovation Forum staff on performance tracking and relationship building, as well as 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. The Social Innovators will present their work to leaders from the local public, private and nonprofit sectors at Root Cause’s 11th Annual Social Innovator Showcase on May 7, 2014.

The Social Innovation Forum is Root Cause’s demonstration of how resources can be allocated based on performance to accelerate progress on social issues. Since 2004, it has directed close to $14 million in cash and in-kind support to 59 Social Innovators and Impact Entrepreneurs.

About AFC Mentoring

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 (
About Root Cause

Root Cause is a nonprofit provider of high-impact and strategic consulting and research services for mission-driven organizations nationwide. Over the past 10 years, Root Cause has improved the performance of nonprofit, public and philanthropic institutions to create enduring social change. For more information, please visit