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Investing in high-impact social enterprises

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

We provide grants, capacity building, and loans to propel the growth and effectiveness of these mission-driven businesses so that more people striving to improve their lives have the jobs and support they need to succeed.

To amplify impact we take a two-pronged approach to investing. Portfolio Grants support social enterprises with a multi-year investment and on-going consulting services to advance their mission and strengthen operations. Project Grants are one-year investments that target specific initiatives where we believe we can have a significant impact.

REDF also provides flexible capital in the form of impact loans to qualified employment social enterprises.

There are few clubs in which you can be both student and teacher at the same time. REDF is one such club – a community of practitioners and investors who think through ways in which social enterprises can meaningfully and sustainably scale so that transformative numbers of people affected by poverty in our country can find their way back to work.

Maria Kim, President & CEOCara

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

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.

Samra Haider, Chief Strategy Officer and National Executive DirectorCenter for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

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