Since our founding in 1997, REDF has evolved from a California-based funder working to build an emerging field to leading a national movement. In 2016, we set an exceptionally ambitious five-year goal―more than 50,000 people empowered with the support, skills, and jobs they need to build a better life. We are proud to have exceeded this goal one year early.
Thanks to the vision and generosity of our donors and funders, REDF has supported the growth and success of over 200 employment social enterprises across 30 states and the District of Columbia. These mission-driven businesses break through barriers, change lives, and prove employment social enterprise is a model that works. Together, they have earned nearly $1 billion in revenue – and employed 60,000 people and counting.
The depth of economic and social inequities in our country have been laid bare.
The time for proven, breakthrough solutions is now.
Employment social enterprise is an integral part of creating a more equitable society where all people can contribute their talents – so we’ve set our sights on a bigger, bolder goal. Beginning in 2021, building on a strong foundation of results, REDF will launch a new phase of work to further scale this high-impact, revenue-generating approach.
Over the next five years, we’ll deepen our investment in the supply of effective early and growth-stage employment social enterprises, accelerate their impact through capital investment and specialized business consulting, and catalyze demand for this cost-effective solution from the public sector and philanthropy.
Now is the time to take the employment social enterprise solution to scale. Join us!
From technical assistance to policy reform and valuable public-private partnerships, REDF’s model ensures long-lasting impact for individuals facing barriers to employment.
Daria Sheehan, Senior Program OfficerCiti Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation is proud to be in partnership with REDF as part of our Better Careers Initiative. The social enterprises REDF invests in are exemplars that other employers are learning from as they open their doors to hiring and promoting the workforce of the future.
Kelley D. Gulley, Initiative DirectorThe James Irvine Foundation
The employment social enterprise field is starting to scale, and REDF is accelerating that growth.
Stuart Davidson, REDF Board Vice Chair
REDF’s success in strengthening pathways to obtaining and retaining employment for people overcoming great adversity not only improves health outcomes, it brings hope and a sense of belonging to people when they need it most.
Judy Belk, President and CEOThe California Wellness Foundation
REDF has an impressive track record of working with social enterprises to improve outcomes for people living with barriers to employment—as well as for the communities in which they live and work.
Stacey Faella, Executive DirectorWoodcock Foundation