20 years, 16,000 people in jobs, REDF works.

Our Impact

97 16000

REDF has invested millions of dollars in 97 social enterprises that have employed 16,000 people nationally.

165 mil earned

As businesses, these social enterprises have earned $165 million in revenue (and counting) to sustain and scale their operations.


People's average monthly income from wages increases 268% one year after starting the social enterprise job.


Social enterprise generates savings for communities and taxpayers. The return on investment more than doubles.

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Executive Summary

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Success Stories

We’re proud of these results. We’re equally proud of the results we can’t measure. An increase in hope and dignity. A sense of belonging. A more optimistic future.

When the people REDF’s portfolio partners employ go to work and earn a paycheck, they make our neighborhoods safer, their families stronger, and our communities more vibrant.

As one job holder at a REDF partner put it: “I have a roof over my head, my bills are paid, I have food in my refrigerator. At the end of the day, I can say: ‘I did that.’” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

View recent case studies from some of the social enterprises in our portfolio: Goodwill Silicon Valley, Center for Employment Opportunities, and Chrysalis.