20+ years.
37,700 people
in jobs.
REDF works.

Our Impact

Q1 2019 Website Numbers Enterprise and Jobs

REDF has invested millions of dollars in 183 social enterprises that have employed 37,700 people nationally.

See our 2018 Impact Report

Q1 2019 Website Numbers Income Earned

As businesses, these social enterprises have earned $755 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.

See impact infographic

Executive Summary

Full Report

Measurement & Evaluation

Stories of Transformation

Key to REDF’s venture philanthropy approach is measuring impact. We’re proud of these results, and our commitment to evidence-backed funding decisions. Beyond the numbers are the inspiring stories of transformation. Stories of people who have reunited with their families, gone back to school, conquered addictions, progressed in their careers, and dramatically changed the trajectory of their lives. It’s an impact so profound, that many people who go through a social enterprise program dedicate themselves to helping 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.

Recent videos that tell some of these inspiring stories are below.