Putting our
money where
our beliefs are.

& Vision

REDF creates job opportunities and pathways to employment for the people with the greatest barriers to work.

REDF was founded in 1997 by George R. Roberts, one of the founders of KKR, a leading private equity firm, in order to put his own money to work to end persistent joblessness among people with formidable barriers to employment. Through his earlier philanthropy he came to understand the integral role that work played in helping people believe in themselves and transform their lives. REDF is dedicated to ensuring that people who have faced serious challenges—including homelessness, incarceration, mental health and substance use struggles, and limited education—who are willing and able to work, be given the opportunity, along with the support they need to succeed.