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REDF President Carla Javits and other staff members are happy to speak about REDF’s work and issues pertaining to solving joblessness and poverty through meaningful employment.
Please contact REDF’s Director of Operations and Communications, Vanessa Collins at email@example.com or 415-561-6677 to arrange for interviews or more information.
Download REDF's Performance Dashboards Presentation
REDF’s David Derryck and Samra Haider presented performance dashboards to a packed room at the recent Social Enterprise Summit in New Orleans. Their interactive presentation covered the impact a social enterprise-specific dashboard can have on the financial, operational, and social performance of an enterprise.
Recycle Your E-Waste with WasteNot
St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County (SVdP), an organization in REDF’s portfolio, has launched WasteNot, a new social enterprise that offers e-waste recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area. By donating your old electronics, you can help provide jobs to individuals with barriers to employment. Visit SVdP’s website for details.
A Solution to Philanthropy’s Funding Maze: Strategic Co-Funding
Read and rate REDF’s first article and its accompanying tool in our Out of Philanthropy's Funding Maze series. This first article explores Strategic Co-Funding, the adaptation of VC-style capital aggregation to foundation grantmaking.
REDF creates jobs that change lives. People feel pride in working because a job represents dignity and opportunity, in addition to a steady paycheck. But for young people and adults facing life's greatest barriers, access to gainful employment can seem impossible. REDF has pioneered a model to employ individuals who are overcoming chronic poverty, homelessness, criminal history, substance abuse or mental illness.
Also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, REDF is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that invests in nonprofit-run businesses called ‘social enterprises.’ Many of the people we have interviewed after getting a social enterprise job are still earning a paycheck two years later. They are able to contribute to their families, to their communities and to the economy.
REDF in the News
San Francisco Business Times
Federal funding to help REDF scale job creation model
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REDF was featured as a ‘New Model’ of philanthropy in the San Francisco Business Times' Giving Guide.
San Francisco Chronicle
Teach the homeless to work, and then...
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An Open Forum article, written by Cynthia Gair, REDF’s Managing Director of Programs, offered a perspective in response to the Chronicle’s “Shame of the City” series.