Since its founding in 1997, REDF has prioritized building leaders in the field of employment social enterprise in conjunction with providing grants and specialized consulting services. This led to the founding of the Farber Program by Stuart Davidson, REDF’s Vice Chair of Board of Directors. At inception, the Farber Program included both MBA internships and one-year fellowship positions to equip a new generation of leaders with the skills, network, and intellectual framework to be powerful advocates for social enterprise.
Today, REDF continues to host Farber interns every summer in its social enterprise portfolio as well as, in REDF’s offices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. However, we’ve revamped our Fellowship program to include a focus on both leadership development and business growth and thus, we’ve launched the REDF Accelerator.
The REDF Accelerator will bring together a cohort of talented employment-focused social enterprise leaders who serve people striving to overcome barriers to employment, with the objective of transitioning these workers into competitive, long-term jobs. Through the program, leaders will receive expert guidance on core business competencies, employee support programs, and have the opportunity to build peer networks, ultimately helping them increase job readiness and long-term employment success for the people they serve.
In support of building leaders in the field, prior to launching the Accelerator program, REDF hosted a Farber Fellowship program offering year-long positions at the social enterprises we support and at REDF. Farber Fellows worked alongside REDF mentors and participated in educational and networking events designed to deepen their understanding of social enterprise. As the field evolved, we realized the need and opportunity to invest in early stage enterprises through a different type of program and thus, the Accelerator was born.
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The Farber Internship Program provides 10-week-long internships for current graduate students pursuing their MBA or other relevant degree programs (e.g. MPA, MPH, MSW) who want to explore careers in social enterprise. The summer-long positions at REDF or our portfolio organizations offer the opportunity to apply your business skills to strategic projects. Intense, hands-on, and practical, a Farber Internship offers front-line experience, backed by professional development workshops designed to provide exposure to a number of topics including venture philanthropy, double bottom line accounting & social costs, employee support programs, and measurement & social return on investment. The internship program also creates the opportunity to be a part of a cohort of inspiring and energetic students from around the country (and abroad) who are passionate about social enterprise and the work that REDF does. Learn More >>>