REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a pioneering venture philanthropy galvanizing a national movement of employment social enterprises (ESEs)—purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. ESEs provide paying jobs and services people need to stabilize their lives, develop a work history, and build skills and conﬁdence. When employees are ready, ESEs help them ﬁnd competitive employment. Research shows this approach works. It leads to greater economic security and mobility and a signiﬁcant rate of return to society—$2.23 in beneﬁts for every $1 invested in social enterprise. REDF provides seed and growth capital in the form of grants and loans to the country’s most effective and innovative employment social enterprise. To amplify that investment, we provide specialized consulting services to help these unique businesses and their employees thrive.
*ESEs work with people who have been justice system involved, opportunity youth/emerging adults, refugees and asylees, and others who have experienced homelessness/housing instability, mental health challenges, substance use issues, domestic violence or trafficking.
REDF CONSULTANT POOL OVERVIEW:
Over the years, REDF has partnered with a small select group of talented consultants to complement our capacity, for ourselves and our social enterprise partners, mostly sourced informally through our network. The purpose of this RFI is to greatly expand and diversify the pool of consultants we work with, as well as to provide more consistency and structure in how we source and engage with consultants.
REDF is seeking U.S.-based consultants to join REDF’s Consultant Pool (Pool). The Pool will serve as a source of pre-qualified experts who may be solicited to provide assistance and advisory services to selected REDF employment social enterprises. REDF will then issue solicitations restricted to Pool members on an as needed basis.
What areas of expertise are we looking for?
Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) matters in our work
- Program Development (e.g., logic model design, program evaluation, employee supports, job retention, employer engagement, etc.)
- Business Planning (e.g., product/market fit, biz dev/sales, marketing and branding, pricing, growth strategy, etc.)
- Development (e.g., fundraising strategy, public funding opportunities, etc.)
- Human Capital (e.g., executive coaching, HR, board development, leadership transitions, DEI, employee engagement, organizational culture building, etc.)
- Finance, Accounting, & Administration (e.g., IT, data systems, asset planning, accounting, financial management, legal)
- Strategy & Planning (e.g., general strategy planning, offsite/meeting facilitation, project management, etc.)
At REDF, we envision a thriving and inclusive society where all people have the jobs and the support they need to realize their full potential. The unique backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that our staff, consultants, and partners bring informs our work and helps us move towards this vision. We believe it can enhance the consultant/social enterprise relationship if consultants have backgrounds and/or lived experiences that are similar to the people our social enterprises employ*. We are also seeking to consciously engage with consultants who identify as BIPOC or an individual with lived experience because it more broadly supports REDF’s equity goals through a commitment to increasing representation and inclusion to those who have historically been underrepresented in the field. With these points in mind, this RFI includes a few optional demographic and identity questions to help us build a diverse consultant pool.
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