Cambridge Community Foundation is excited to announce our second Social Innovation Award competition, Imagined in Cambridge. As a funder of Cambridge nonprofits for more than a century, we are deeply rooted in the community—yet we are confident there are local ideas we don’t know about. Last year, we uncovered five award-winning ideas presenting innovative solutions to pressing social problems and we know there are more. We want to discover and foster the next generation of emerging leaders and ideas that will help shape our mission to support Cambridge’s shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness. Now more than ever, faced with two pandemics in our community—COVID-19 and racism—voices for change are needed.
Somewhere in Cambridge we know there is a student, an emerging nonprofit, a group of neighbors, or an entrepreneur tackling a problem, inventing a solution, and/or implementing a program that will improve the quality of life in Cambridge.
The award winner will receive $5,000 and two runners-up will each receive $1,000. All three also will receive at least one pro bono consulting session with the Foundation and join a growing network of social entrepreneurs in the community. The winner and runners-up will be announced in September.
You may self-nominate below or nominate someone else by sending us their contact information.
The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
- Program is Cambridge-based
- Must fill out application by due date: August 26, 2020
- Individuals, students, groups, entrepreneurs, nonprofits [that are not current grantees of CCF] encouraged to apply
- 501c3 status is NOT REQUIRED
- Organizations previously funded by CCF are NOT eligible to apply
- Vanessa Ly – Co-founder, Sisters Unchained; 2019 Social Innovation Award winner
- Sumbul Siddiqui – Mayor, City of Cambridge
- Rev. Ellis Washington – Pastor, St. Paul A.M.E. Church
- Peter DiMuro – Executive Artistic Director, The Dance Complex
- Eric Esteves – Executive Director, The Lenny Zakim Fund
- Laura Feeney – Associate Director of Research & Training, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America at MIT
- Lori Lander – Founder, Many Helping Hands 365; Artist; CCF board member (non-voting judge)
You may self-nominate or nominate someone else by sending us their contact information.
To nominate yourself: Apply online here.
To nominate someone else: Send the nominee’s name and email address to [email protected] We will send them an application.
Questions? Please feel free to contact Jenny White, [email protected], 617.576.9966.