BOSTON, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Two leading Boston-based nonprofit organizations have merged their operations, creating one of the largest nonprofit ecosystems in the country focused on identifying, scaling, and championing social innovators. By acquiring the Next Mile Project, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) supplements its core program of accelerating social good organizations and engaging funders and supporters with Next Mile Project's collaborative co-working assets.
The new partnership will administer a newly outfitted 5,000+ square-foot facility in downtown Boston designed to support sector wide nonprofit collaboration, education, and administration, continue integration of programming between the two organizations, and deliver an expanded range of services to the nonprofits and social businesses supported by each organization. Together, SIF and the Next Mile Project support a growing network of over 150 organizations.
"We are excited by the opportunity to expand our work and build on our unique approach to social impact," said Social Innovation Forum Executive Director Susan Musinsky. "SIF will bring critical capacity-building programs to a wider range of social good organizations, while also offering individuals the space and opportunity to engage as learners, volunteers, and donors around the social issues that they care about."
Founder of Next Mile Project Vilas Dhar noted, "This acquisition demonstrates the success of collaborative models for nonprofit development. Next Mile Project's work to provide philanthropically supported professional services, office space, and educational resources has allowed more than 50 nonprofits in global health, education, wellbeing, and criminal justice to grow and thrive in cooperation rather than competition. Together with impact aligned supporters and donors, we know SIF will be able to advance this work as we continue to support the social impact sector at large."
The Social Innovation Forum is a Boston-based connector and catalyst committed to building lasting social change. SIF provides exceptional training and networks to social impact organizations, funders, and skilled volunteers, aligning their strengths and passions to more effectively address complex social problems. Since 2003, the Social Innovation Forum has directed more than $24 million in cash and in-kind services to 106 portfolio organizations that collectively touched more than 250,000 lives in 2016.
The Next Mile Project was founded in Boston in 2010 to align nonprofit development with best practices from technology innovation and venture capital as an incubator and accelerator for social impact organizations. As a shared hub for nonprofit administration and programmatic collaboration, Next Mile Project quickly grew from a local experiment housed within a socially conscious law firm to one of the largest coworking spaces in the country focused exclusively on nonprofit growth and development. With strong partnerships with Boston's philanthropic community, Next Mile Project has supported over 50 organizations with funding, back office support, executive training, and donor supported office space and developed a model for shared multi-sector support for nonprofit ecosystems.
To learn more about this merger and for related press inquiries, please contact
Vilas S. Dhar
Founder, Next Mile Project
Phone: (617) 440-4642
Executive Director, Social Innovation Forum
Phone: (857) 288-8441
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