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Capacity Building

The REDF difference

For 25 years, REDF has used the principles of venture philanthropy to grow the employment social enterprise field.

REDF delivers customized capacity building support alongside our capital investments and community-building work to amplify the success of our partners. We work side-by-side with social enterprises to evaluate opportunities for growth and create tailored technical assistance workplans that support each organization as it navigates the critical balance between profit and purpose, scale and sustainability.

With REDF’s advice and support, the businesses we partner with are equipped with the tools to increase their impact – employing almost 10,000 people every year.

REDF’s capacity building focuses on five key areas that are critical for sustainable growth:

Business Planning

Product-Market Fit


Growth Strategy

Program Planning

Logic Model Design & Refresh

Employee Supports Strategy

Recruitment and Retention Supports


Goal Setting & Strategy

Process & Metric Development

Grant Proposal Advisory Services


Financial Management

Data Access & Analysis

Process Documentation

Human Capital

Executive Coaching

Human Resources & Talent Strategy

Organizational Culture Building

In addition to REDF’s funding, this type of support helps us increase our effectiveness and strengthen our bottom line.

Clay Cooper, Senior Director of Social Enterprises & Employment ServicesCentral City Concern

The thing I like most about the technical assistance is that we get a consultant that fully understands our business and can dig in right away and provide informed solutions.

Terri Steingrebe, CFOUTEC

REDF is an amazing partner in so many ways – no other partner is so “in it” with us, understanding the details of our data and our business and able to provide advice and feedback on program elements.

Naomi Parker, Director of DevelopmentMore Than Words

Hopeworks recently received a truly transformative investment from a national, high-profile funder to support our multi-city expansion. This funder typically doesn’t invest in organizations that aren’t already national, but we were selected as finalists and then as grantees because the REDF-created baseline assessment materials gave them the confidence that we could handle the rapid growth.

Dan Rhoton, Executive DirectorHopeworks

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