Mystic River Watershed Association Selected as Root Cause Social Innovator!

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum has named the Mystic River Watershed Association as one of seven nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston to receive more than $135,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners. The Association was chosen to join the team of 2015 “Social Innovators” for the Urban Sustainability: Greener and More Resilient Cities social issue track, sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. The Social Innovation Forum will accelerate the performance of these innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations by providing financial and capacity building support along with access to a network of funders, business leaders, and social issue experts.

Evaluation and interview committees made up of more than 60 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors reviewed upwards of 100 applications to select the 2015 Social Innovators – all of which are at an exciting inflection point and have compelling missions, strong leadership and vision, a desire to improve, and significant growth potential.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Association to reflect, grow and launch ourselves into the next chapter of our work with the extraordinary support and guidance of Root Cause,” said EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association.

MyRWA was selected for its in-depth work to document water quality conditions, to engage thousands of volunteers each year through its various environmental restoration programs, to promote local environmental advocacy and to advance successful climate change adaptation strategies in the 22 community watershed.

Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum provides a unique opportunity for forward looking nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity. Through this 24-month long project, Association staff will receive extensive professional consulting, executive coaching, and other in-kind services. MyRWA will also have the opportunity to participate in various networking events and become part of the Social Innovation Forum’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 12th Annual Social Innovator Showcase on May 6, 2015.

Since 2003, Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum has been working to create a social impact market that distributes resources to organizations based on performance in order to most efficiently and effectively solve social problems in Greater Boston. Since its founding the Social Innovation Forum has worked with over 70 organizations to help them scale and sustain their work, increasing their ability to address our most pressing social issues. For more information about Root Cause see

The Mystic River Watershed Association joins Catie’s Closet; Company One Theatre; Courageous Parents Network; Massachusetts Public Health Association; Press Pass TV; and Waypoint Adventure as Root Cause’s selected Social Innovators for 2015.

MyRWA couldn't be happier about this exciting partnership for 2015. Thank you to the Schrafft Charitable Trust and Root Cause for the privilege to work together!