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There is tremendous excitement and interest among Massachusetts human service organizations about social innovation and social enterprise. The Providers' Council seeks to support our members in developing innovative strategies for service delivery and social enterprises.

Our efforts include an Innovator Directory - an online directory of human service innovators and social enterprises in Massachusetts, our What A Great Idea! RFP  in partnersion with Boston College to support the growth of new innovations and enterprises in our sector and our continued support of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.

If you are interested in learning about these concepts and how they apply to your organization, we encourage you to explore these pages.


About Social Innovation:

 

A social innovator in Massachusetts human services is an organization that has improved the sustainability of its organization by developing new or creative approaches to achieveing its mission.  Innovation occurs at all levels of an organization and in a variety of different ways. Here are just a few examples of social innovation:

  • Developing new, creative ways for delivering services and programs
  • Improving operational efficiency and effectiveness in departments such as IT, human resources, accounting, fundraising, or marketing
  • Establishing an earned income venture that generates revenue for your organization
  • Creating partnerships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Executing effective mergers or acquisitions

Innovators come from all over Massachusetts and include organizations with budgets of all sizes. They serve many of our state's most vulnerable residents. Some innovative organizations are over 100 years old and some are newly founded. What they have in common is new ideas and great execution. If you have an innovative practice or approach you would like to share in our Innovator Directory, please contact us.

 


About Social Enterprise:

Social enterprises are nonprofits using earned revenue strategies to directly address social needs through goods and services or by employing people who are disadvantaged. Social enterprises achieve their primary social missions using business methods, harnessing the power of the marketplace to fund solutions or directly solve critical social and environmental problems.  Social enterprises pursue a double bottom line – both financial and social returns, and reinvest those returns in their nonprofit social missions.

Social enterprises:

  • are amazingly diverse in the social needs they address and the business models they use
  • make lives and livelihoods better
  • apply market based strategies to solve today’s social problems

If you have a social enterprise you would like to share in our Innovator Directory, please contact us.

 


Additional Resources

If you are interested in learning about these concepts and how they apply to your organization, we encourage you to explore these pages further.

 


Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance

The Council has also taken a lead role in establishing a Massachusetts chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.  If you are interested in being added to the mailing list for updates about chapter organizing and future events, please email Anne Wunderli at Pine Street Inn or join the Massachusetts Social Enterprise Networking Group on LinkedIn.

 


Join the Providers' Council

The Council is actively seeking new members who will join in our collective effort to provide the highest quality services in the most efficient and effective way.  Please take a look at the rest of the website to learn more about what the Council has to offer regarding advocacy for the human services sector, trainings, and benefits.  If you are interested in information about membership, please contact us.