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Request for Proposals: Assessment of Data Collection Tools and Processes to Integrate Equitable Evaluation and Trust-based Philanthropy Practices

Organization Overview REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is an intermediary organization that supports entrepreneurial leaders and their organizations through the investment of financial and human capital (capacity building, community building, and technical assistance).  REDF invests solely in employment social enterprises (ESEs), businesses that achieve transformative social impact by providing employment, job training, and support. As … Continue reading Request for Proposals: Assessment of Data Collection Tools and Processes to Integrate Equitable Evaluation and Trust-based Philanthropy Practices

Selecting the 2023 Growth Portfolio: Two Significant Changes from Three Years of Learning

Over the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of walking into each new year inspired and invigorated by a brand new cohort of enterprises joining our Growth Portfolio (GP). We recently announced the 13 businesses that will be part of our 2023 Growth Portfolio (meet them here!) and I’m eager to roll up my … Continue reading Selecting the 2023 Growth Portfolio: Two Significant Changes from Three Years of Learning

Celebrating 5 Years of Impactful Investing

In 2017 REDF launched its Impact Investing Fund (RIIF) to meet a growing need within the employment social enterprise community for flexible funding to accelerate growth in the field. Today RIIF is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) – a lender dedicated to providing credit to mission-driven businesses and increasing financing available to communities … Continue reading Celebrating 5 Years of Impactful Investing

Request for Proposals: REDFworkshop Website Redesign

Project Overview Introduction REDF invests exclusively in employment social enterprises (ESEs) – businesses achieving transformative social impact – providing jobs, training, and support to people breaking through barriers to employment. We partner with the social entrepreneurs who lead these businesses – amplifying their success and the success of the people they employ. Our programs combine … Continue reading Request for Proposals: REDFworkshop Website Redesign

Inspiring Work – Adriana Rueda, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

My passion is to serve other people through my work. As an MBA student at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, I have been purposeful with my career choices, including where I focus my time and energy during my summer fellowship. When I accepted REDF’s offer to be a Farber Summer Fellow, I was certain … Continue reading Inspiring Work – Adriana Rueda, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Introducing the 13 Growth-Stage Employment Social Enterprises Selected for Our 2023 Growth Portfolio

Capital investment is a core component of our work to build a more inclusive economy powered by the proven power of employment social enterprises. Today, we’re thrilled to announce $3.9 million in grants to 13 high-impact employment social enterprises through our Growth Portfolio program. Of the businesses selected for funding, 69% are led by people … Continue reading Introducing the 13 Growth-Stage Employment Social Enterprises Selected for Our 2023 Growth Portfolio

Reflections on home

“Home is where the future is.” That was the mic drop response shared by Noubar Afeyan (the inventor and entrepreneur who co-founded Moderna) during a fireside chat at the Clinton Global Initiative conference earlier this year. He was responding to a question about the lived experience of refugees and asylees, and about how fleeing one … Continue reading Reflections on home

In Good Company: An Employment Social Enterprise Partnership that Works

San Francisco Bay Area social enterprises discover common ground and shared purpose in delivering nutritious meals to wildland firefighters In June 2022, 150 employment social enterprise leaders in the REDF Community gathered for their first in-person retreat in three years. Over the course of a week in Portland, Oregon, social entrepreneurs connected with peers, learned … Continue reading In Good Company: An Employment Social Enterprise Partnership that Works

Witnessing the Power of Proximate Leadership – Liz Kanovsky, Haas School of Business

This August, before starting my second year at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, I re-visited the gigantic Google doc where I had taken notes on my internship search. In the middle of pages of bullets on REDF and the Farber program – I had done my research! – was a list of the different … Continue reading Witnessing the Power of Proximate Leadership – Liz Kanovsky, Haas School of Business