The Social Impact-athon is a weekend-long challenge  to promote environmental justice in Boston by investing in local nonprofit organizations.

[East Boston Chamber of Commerce]


Work in a team.

Develop a plan.

Award real money.

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice is the right of all people to live, work, and play in a clean and healthy environment and have a voice in the environmental issues that affect them regardless of their race, national origin, or socioeconomic status.

What is Experiential Philanthropy?

Experiential philanthropy (EP) is a teaching methodology that engages students in independent, real-dollar grant making so they can grapple with the practical and ethical implications of investing in social change and making difficult decisions with consequences.  The Social Impact-athon will draw heavily on the practices of our course-based EP program, Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), which emphasizes systems thinking, ethical reasoning, humility, perspective taking, and collaboration.


As with NS4G, students’ decision making in the Social Impact-athon is independent of any relationships participating nonprofit organizations may have with the university. This event is not affiliated with the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative.  

[John Tlumacki/Getty]

Why Participate?

Collaboration and Teamwork

Experience the power of interdisciplinary collaboration while expanding your personal network.

Perspective Taking

Learn about the experience and expertise of Boston organizations and residents confronting environmental justice challenges in their communities.

Problem solving

Examine a complex and dynamic problem and develop a creative, ethical, and effective strategy for contributing to a solution.

Civic Mindedness

Learn about the role nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and civic engagement play in our society.


Rebecca Riccio

Director, Social Impact Lab

Daniel Faber
Professor of Sociology, Northeastern
Director, Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative

Atyia Martin
Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute, and first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston

Kalila Barnett
Climate Resilience Program Officer, Barr Foundation

Andrew Seeder
Senior Associate, Research & Metrics, Conservation Law Foundation

Joan Fitzgerald

Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban, Northeastern University

Sunrise Movement Boston

Members of the local chapter will be answering questions in a tabling session on Saturday afternoon


Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Pastor, New Roots AME Church





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