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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. More than half of the businesses in the Growth Portfolio are led by people of color and nearly one-third 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.

REDF has continued their strong partnership with us, making connections, brokering relationships with like-minded organizations, and assisting us with organizational stability and growth. It’s hard to see how Better Futures Minnesota could have made it to this point without the level of partnership REDF provides.

A. Charlene Leach, CEOBetter Futures Minnesota

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.
Being a part of REDF's world empowers us to get better at what we do and do more life-changing work. Being selected for the Growth Portfolio is like jumping onto a launchpad: three years of intensive support, in-depth expertise, and transformative investment, all focused on the strength and growth of our social enterprise.

Bettie Kirkland, CEOProject Return

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