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Boston, MA (December 14, 2015) – The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) announced that the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is one of eight nonprofits for the 2016 Social Innovator cohort. The group consists of organizations working for social change across eight distinct issue areas, also known as "tracks", in greater Boston and beyond. The Peace Institute represents the "Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region’s Toughest Social Issues" track sponsored by Boston Open Impact.

Over the next two years, the Peace Institute will receive financial and capacity-building support valued at more than $135,000 from the Social Innovation Forum and its partners.

"We are thrilled and are very honored to be chosen as one of the eight nonprofits for the 2016 Social Innovator cohort," said Peace Institute President and CEO Tina Chery.


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

African Community Education Program
Track Title: Youth Development: Revitalizing Cities Beyond Boston 
Track Sponsor: Amelia Peabody Foundation

Budget Buddies
Track Title: Overcoming Barriers to Education, Employment, and Economic Self-Sufficiency for Women and Girls
Track Sponsor: A Women & Girls Funding Collaborative*

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell
Track Title: Revitalizing the City of Lowell through Community Leadership, Economic Opportunities, and Cultural Enrichment
Track Sponsor: Theodore Edson Parker Foundation and Greater Lowell Community Foundation

Dorchester Community Food Co-op
Track Title: Addressing Food Insecurity by Increasing Access to Healthy and Affordable Food 
Track Sponsor: Cabot Family Charitable Trust

Hale Reservation
Track Title: Utilizing Open Spaces and Natural Resources for Public Benefit 
Track Sponsor: Highland Street Foundation

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Track Title: Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region’s Toughest Social Issues
Track Sponsor: Boston Open Impact**

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health
Track Title: Engaging, Educating, and Empowering Citizens in the Political Process 
Track Sponsor: Bess Family Foundation

Track Title: Mental Health: Increasing Quality Care through Community-Based and Wraparound Services for Vulnerable Populations 
Track Sponsor: The Fish Family Foundation

Evaluation and interview committees made up of more than 90 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors spent six months reviewing over 170 applicants and interviewing finalists to select the 2016 Innovator cohort.

*A Women and Girls Funding Collaborative: The Anna B. Stearns Foundation, The Miriam Fund, The Story Exchange, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Womenade Boston

** Boston Open Impact: Jeffrey and Kim Kushner, Andy and Suzanne Offit, Robert and Amy Rands, Steven and Ellen Segal, Howard and Candice Wolk