REDF’s Venture Philanthropy Model

We Invest in Social Enterprises

REDF makes grants and loans to some of the most effective and innovative social enterprises around the country, and we provide specialized, hands-on, advisory services to help their businesses grow, and their employees thrive.

REDF’s Specialized Advisory Services

Depending on the goals and challenges of the social enterprise businesses in our grantmaking portfolio, our services could include helping refine the business model, generating new sales opportunities and business lines, establishing hiring and procurement relationships with other businesses, creating employee support programs, and other key functions--all with the goal of increasing business success and social impact.


REDF’s Grant Making Strategy

REDF's national venture philanthropy portfolio is made up of growth stage social enterprises selected from a competitive pool to receive multi-year grants and specialized on-going advisory services.

REDF also makes strategic grants to outstanding social enterprises that range from early stage to more mature groups that receive one year grant funding from REDF for a specific purpose. Strategic grants are flexible tools that allow REDF to test different approaches, and which inform our work on how to best scale the social enterprise movement.

To get to know the social enterprises in our 2015-2020 portfolio and strategic grant portfolio, click here. To review our five-year strategic plan, click here.