September 2007 eNewsletter - A Parallel Universe
A Message From Carla Javits, REDF’s President, On the Parallel Universe That Exists in the Nonprofit SectorAfter 20 years in government and nonprofits, my first days at REDF suddenly jolted me into a parallel universe that was recognizable, but also distinctly unfamiliar. It reminded me of old Star Trek episodes when the starship Enterprise zipped through a “wormhole” in space, emerging millions of miles away in a region populated with familiar stars and planets, but also with novel life forms and changed physical laws. The “planets and stars” of one universe are the nonprofits and foundations within the traditional independent sector... more»
San Francisco Clean City Coalition Joins the REDF Portfolio
At age 40, Artena had been homeless for three years and without a steady job for almost six years. She was ready to start rebuilding her life in San Francisco, where she was born and raised. After going to drug rehabilitation and starting her recovery, the next step was to rejoin the workforce and find stable employment.
San Francisco Clean City Coalition (Clean City) is a community–based organization that focuses on cleaning, greening, and beautifying the city. Clean City works to keep San Francisco clean and green by building bridges between resources and... more»
Do you know a Business Professional Looking to Become a Nonprofit Leader?
REDF is poised to recruit several professionals with MBAs, relevant consulting or small business experience, and an interest in poverty alleviation and/or social enterprise for one-year Farber Fellowships. If this interests you or someone you know, please visit our website for job descriptions which will be posted soon.
In addition to our one-year Farber Fellow Program for MBA graduates, we offer a summer internship program to MBA students. This summer, four Farber MBA Interns worked at REDF and for our portfolio organizations. They all indicated that their internship offered them a rich experience... more»
News and Upcoming Events
Social Enterprise Goals and Challenges Highlighted in Podcast with Community Housing Partnership (REDF Portfolio Organization)
Jeff Kositsky of REDF Portfolio group Community Housing Partnership (CHP) was featured in a 5-minute podcast by the Kibble Centre in Scotland. Jeff speaks eloquently about the objectives and hurdles of starting CHP Enterprises, mentioning REDF’s help and role in CHP’s new venture.
Columbia Law School Teaches REDF’s ‘If the Shoe Fits’ on Starting a Venture as a Nonprofit or For–Profit
A professor at Columbia Law School has included Cynthia Gair’s “If The Shoe Fits: Nonprofit or For–Profit? The Choice Matters” in the materials for her Fall 2007 Nonprofit/Small Business Clinic. Entrepreneurs who aim to combine social and financial goals in their new ventures often debate which legal structure — nonprofit or for–profit — is most appropriate... more»
REDF looks forward to participating in three upcoming conferences:
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) 2008 National Conference
GEO celebrates its 10th anniversary with the conference theme “Ideas to Action: Grantmaker Practices that Improve Nonprofit Results.” REDF’s Cynthia Gair will lead a conference session called Stepping Out of the Maze: Private Investment Practices Applied to Effective Grantmaking. A membership organization, GEO is a coalition of grantmakers committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. The 2008 conference will be held in San Francisco on March 10–12.
Social Enterprise Alliance Accepting Proposals for 2008 Summit
The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is currently accepting proposal submissions for its March 9–11, 2008 conference in Boston. The association of individuals and organizations building effective, more sustainable nonprofits through earned income strategies, SEA is “where mission meets the marketplace.”
National Transitional Jobs Network 2008 Conference in Oakland, CA
REDF will offer a series of sessions on employment–based social enterprise in partnership with the National Transitional Jobs Network and their upcoming conference. Please save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for more information and details on how to register. The National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) is a coalition of more than 200 transitional jobs programs, policy organizations, and sponsoring organizations. NTJN supports and expands the size, type, and number of transitional jobs programs nationwide and supports the quality of the service model. Social enterprises around the country are part of the network that provide ‘transitional jobs.’ The 2008 NTJN Conference will be held in Oakland, CA, at the Marriott Oakland City Center on April 1–2, 2008.
REDF’s 2006–2007 Donors
We are grateful for the support we receive from our generous donors.
Joseph Y. Bae and Janice Lee
Richard I. Beattie
John M. Bryan Family Fund
Brook and Shawn Byers
Michael and Barbara Calbert
Brian F. Carroll and Melinda C. Carroll
Adam H. Clammer
William and Phyllis Draper
Saturnino and Elizabeth Fanlo
Doris and Donald Fisher
Jacques R. Garaialde
Perry and Donna Golkin
Frederick and Emma Goltz
James H. Greene, Jr.
Paul and Cassandra Hazen
Marc and Jennifer Lipschultz
Julia I. Lopez
Ronald and Karen Lott
Robert I. MacDonnell
Robert and Ariane Matschullat
James C. McIntosh
Ellen and Michael Michelson
Phyllis and Stuart G. Moldaw
David A. Netjes
Scott and Amie Nuttall
Michael and Catherine Podell
George R. Roberts
Charles R. Schwab
Talbott and Carter Brooks Simonds
John Skov and Jacqueline B. Jones
Scott and Lisa Stuart
Nicholas E. Thomson
Lynn and Peter Wendell
Michael and Bobbie Wilsey
Foundations and Corporations
The Aspen Institute
Deloitte & Touche LLP
The Gymboree Corporation
HRJ Charities, Inc.
The Herringer Family Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Henry L. Hillman Foundation
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Moldaw Family Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Roberts Foundation
The Safeway Foundation
Seiler & Company, LLP
Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation
Talbott Lea Simonds Foundation
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
The UPS Foundation
Corporate Matching Gifts
The Hillman Company
If our list is incomplete or your name is listed inaccurately, please accept our sincere apologies and contact Jason Trimiew at 415-561-6677.
If you wish to join our list of generous supporters, please click here or contact the REDF development office at 415-561-6677.