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Investing in high-impact social enterprises

REDF invests in the most innovative and promising employment social enterprises across the country.

Through our national Growth Portfolio, we invest in employment social enterprises at an inflection point – where capital and capacity can propel them to the next level of impact.

With three years of unrestricted grant funding and tailored capacity building support, we partner with these mission-driven businesses to realize ambitious goals and drive sustainable growth.

REDF is firmly committed to advancing equity through our investments and programs. Nearly 40% of the businesses in the Growth Portfolio are led by people of color and nearly 40% are led by people with lived experience. The perspectives these entrepreneurs bring to the work helps drive innovation, impact, and results.

Meet our current Growth Portfolio grantees and the over 140 businesses we’ve supported in 25 years of grantmaking below.

Grant funding opportunities through our Growth Portfolio are open to employment social enterprises that have participated in REDF’s Accelerator – learn more and apply here. Have questions? Contact our team.

Having a platform of individuals who look like me and share some of my experiences has been the greatest advancement for me in terms of being a leader of our ESEs.

Larry Craig, Social Enterprise DirectorProject Return

We really appreciate REDF’s commitment to the “big picture.” You are very focused on our path towards success, rather than on any one specific outcome. As a result I feel very comfortable communicating any type of challenge we face. The whole team is very aligned around being a trusted and supportive partner.
Working with REDF this past year and having the benefit of going deep, I was able to be open and honest. Sometimes when you're working with your team members you hold back. REDF gave me the space and time to be totally open. They wanted to know the raw, real details. I felt heard and benefited ultimately and I am so grateful for that opportunity.”

Ryan Stoner CEOCoalfield Development

2020 was a year full of unexpected challenges and opportunities for Neighborhood Industries. Having been through the REDF Accelerator really helped us meet those head on. And starting off the year learning we are part of REDF’s Growth Portfolio, it feels like the sky is the limit!”

Anthony Armour CEONeighborhood Industries

The collaborative nature of our relationship with REDF is very valuable. Not many funders involve grantees in the process of goal setting, or support of general program and business practices to set us up for success in the long run.

Angel Minor, Chief Operating OfficerConservation Corps North Bay

Without REDF’s help, Chrysalis would not have developed the strong evidence of impact for our work that not only demonstrates the efficacy of our program to funders and policy makers, but more importantly, ensures that we are providing effective services to the women and men that we serve.

Mark Loranger, CEOChrysalis

Working in the growth portfolio has given us time to reexamine what we've been doing in our current program, thinking of new ideas to scale. The support that REDF provides has allowed us to do that in rapid time. We've been able to pilot things faster and focus on what we need to do internally to invest in ourselves so we can grow and scale responsibly.

Ashley Christy, Executive DirectorGRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles

REDF has equipped our employment social enterprise with the connections, financial resources and capacity building support to accelerate our business growth and community impact

Michael Hollingsworth, FounderNu-Way Staffing

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