REDF is a pioneering venture philanthropy that invests in the most effective and innovative social enterprises around the country, like the ones featured in the Social Enterprise Gift Guide.
Social enterprises are purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that provide a paying job and wraparound services to people overcoming barriers to employment—including histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and limited education. Working at a social enterprise helps these dedicated men and women stabilize their lives, build their skills and confidence, and develop a work history. When they are ready, social enterprise helps them find good jobs with good employers, and a path to a better life.
REDF provides funding and specialized advisory services to help these businesses grow and increase their impact. We measure their results; develop leaders; connect and build the field; and advance policies that help social enterprise businesses, and the people they train and employ, thrive.
The broader impact is in lives transformed, as people find not just work, but hope, pride, belonging, and self-sufficiency. Many people whose lives were transformed by social enterprise dedicate themselves to helping others. We call that the REDF Ripple Effect, and we invite you to learn about their inspiring stories.