20+ years.
28,400 people
in jobs.
REDF works.

Our Impact


REDF has invested millions of dollars in 143 social enterprises that have employed 28,400 people nationally.


As businesses, these social enterprises have earned $505 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 and empowerment. A better future. And for many, a drive to help others. That's the "ripple effect" of social enterprise.

When people work, we leverage all of the talent available to our country. Families and communities are stronger—and so is our society.

That's why "a job is so much more than a paycheck."

View recent case studies from some of the social enterprises in our portfolio: Goodwill Silicon Valley, Center for Employment Opportunities, Chrysalis, Community Housing Partnership, Women's Bean Project, Farestart, and Cara.

Some of our more recent videos are below.