WHALE Selected for Social Innovation Forum’s 2020 Nonprofit Accelerator

December 11, 2019


WHALE Selected for Social Innovation Forum’s 2020 Nonprofit Accelerator

The Waterfront Historic Area League is one of eight nonprofits selected
to receive support and resources valued at $150,000

Boston, MA (December 11, 2019) – The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) has selected WHALE to participate in SIF’s 2020 “Social Innovator Accelerator,” a 24-month capacity-building program that helps nonprofit organizations gain visibility, expand their networks, and accelerate their impact.

As a 2020 Social Innovator, WHALE will receive access to more than $150,000 of cash and in-kind services, including training, coaching, and consulting, from SIF and its partners. SIF selected WHALE from a pool of 134 applicants based on its unique approach to addressing Revitalizing New Bedford through Community Development.

“These eight organizations represent some of the most innovative approaches to addressing our community’s most challenging social issues,” said Susan Musinsky, Executive Director of the Social Innovation Forum. “We look forward to working closely with them over the next 24 months, providing these nonprofits with the support and access to resources they need to take their work to the next level.”

“WHALE is very excited to work with SIF and the other seven 2020 Social Innovaters in giving access and growth potential to new resources for WHALE to grow its mission of revitalizing New Bedford through historic restoration”, said Teri Bernert, Executive Director of WHALE.  The full list of organizations selected for the 2020 Social Innovator cohort includes Adaptive Sports New England, Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center), Elevated Thought, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative), The 1647, Inc., Vital Village Network, and WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area League).

The Social Innovator Accelerator is generously supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Boston Open Impact, The Charlotte Foundation, Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation, The Devonshire Foundation, Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative, JAKET Foundation, MassMutual Foundation, Schrafft Charitable Trust, and Wellington Management Foundation.

About the Social Innovator Accelerator

The Social Innovator Accelerator provides small- to mid-sized nonprofit organizations with intensive training and resources over a two-year period, including consulting, coaching, and connections to SIF’s network. On average, nonprofit organizations in the SIF portfolio more than double their revenue within four years after engaging with SIF, growth significantly higher than state and national rates. For more information, visit www.socialinnovationforum.org.


WHALE is a mature nonprofit organization that has an impressive 57-year track record of accomplishment in historic restoration work that has truly changed the low to moderate income neighborhoods of New Bedford.  Our programs and projects encourage residents, organizations and businesses to engage in historic restoration work that impacts the social, cultural, and economic development of New Bedford.