FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2013
MILL CITY GROWS SELECTED FOR ROOT CAUSE SOCIAL INNOVATION FORUM
BOSTON (December 16, 2013) – Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum announced that Mill City Grows is one of five “Social Innovators” it has selected for 2013-2014, its 10th program year. Mill City Grows is representing the Sustainability in Our Communities track sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. As a Social Innovator, Mill City Grows will receive access to cash and capacity-building services over the next 24 months from Root Cause and its partners valued at more than $135,000.
“Mill City Grows is honored to be one of Root Cause’s Social Innovators! This opportunity will allow us to strengthen our work and learn from an incredible community that has helped over 60 organizations create meaningful social change. We believe that with Root Causes’ support and capacity-building services, we will be able to take our work to the next level,” said Lydia Sisson, Co-Director of Mill City Grows.
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, Mill City Grows 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 Forums’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 Mill City Grows
Mill City Grows fosters food justice in the city of Lowell by improving physical health, economic independence, and environmental sustainability through increased access to land, locally-grown food, and education. Our goal is to increase community access to healthy, fresh food through the development of urban food production and distribution networks. For more information, please visit http://www.millcitygrows.org
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 http://www.rootcause.org
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