National Portfolio

It is with great excitement that REDF announces a new portfolio including 22 of some of the most innovative and effective social enterprises in the country.

These social enterprises were selected to receive REDF’s financial assistance and advisory services after a nationwide competition that drew over two hundred applicants from 36 states that serve numerous target populations, represent a diversity of industries and business lines, and provide a range of supportive services and real work experience to their employees.

With exceptional track records and potential for growth, these social enterprises come to REDF with many strengths, including committed, experienced leadership; financial stability and operational excellence; a history of impact; a geography that aligns with REDF’s priorities; a willingness to participate in a rigorous program evaluation; and the potential to dramatically increase the number of people they employ and serve.

REDF’s 2016 portfolio is fueled by support from our generous funders, and the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF), which has committed an unprecedented $14.5 million to date – the largest federal investment ever in U.S. employment-focused social enterprises that prioritize jobs and workforce preparation while also leveraging tens of millions of dollars in private sector support. This new portfolio will become part of a national cohort, and collectively will receive nearly $7 million in grants over a two-year period, with a potential total award of $17 million over five years.

REDF will partner closely with these social enterprises, providing financial and operational advisory services that will allow them to strengthen their business, scale their impact, and help tens of thousands more people transform their lives and futures.

This national competition also revealed dozens of other outstanding social enterprises that, with the right kind of investment, partnerships, and advisory services, are poised to employ even more people. Seeing the depth and potential to impact many more people’s lives firsthand has reinforced REDF’s determination to accelerate and catalyze growth of the broader field. In addition to partnering with the new portfolio, REDF will provide targeted investments and advisory services, establish multi-sector partnerships, build the evidence base, advance supportive public policies, and develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders. The social enterprises listed below our new nationwide portfolio advanced to the finalist stage due to the strength of their applications and potential for greater impact. REDF will continue to follow and learn from these high-value contributors to this growing field, and will actively seek ways to partner with them.

Click here to read the press release.

REDF’s New Nationwide Portfolio*

California
Chrysalis: Los Angeles, Pacoima, Santa Monica
Center for Employment Opportunities: Oakland, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and multiple states.
Coalition for Responsible Community Development: Los Angeles
Community Housing Partnership: San Francisco
Conservation Corps North Bay: Novato, Cotati, San Rafael
Goodwill of Silicon Valley: Santa Clara County
Homeboy Industries: Los Angeles
Juma Ventures: San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Clara and multiple states

Colorado
Mile High Ministries: Denver
Women’s Bean Project: Denver

Illinois
The Cara Program: Chicago
New Moms: Chicago

Indiana 
RecycleForce: Indianapolis

Massachusetts
More Than Words: Boston, Waltham
Roca, Chelsea, Boston: Springfield
UTEC, Inc.: Lowell, Lawrence

Oregon
Central City Concern: Portland
New Avenues for Youth: Portland

Texas
Goodwill Central Texas: Austin

Washington
FareStart: Seattle
Millionair Club, Inc.: Seattle
Orion Industries: Auburn

*Pending grantee organization’s board approval.

Finalists
Hope Works: Seattle, WA
Tech DumpEMERGEBetter Futures Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN
Chicago Botanic Garden: Chicago, IL
Daybreak: Dayton, OH
Kitchens for Good: San Diego, CA
New Door Ventures: San Francisco, CA
Civicorps: Oakland, CA

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I have not seen in my 71 years of life an opportunity to support youth co-create futures like SDG Metaverse Prize - since my father met von neumann the year I was born my family has kept an eye on entrepreneurial revolution open societal flows. living up to smithian or keynsian values 
Special thanks to zasheem launches of 2 journals with adam smith scholars and around Glasgow's greatest 20th C alumni for good. See alsdo EconomistDiary.com and Greatests of All Time
Following on with Japan ambassador to Bangladesh support from 2010 in mapping last decade of Fazle Abed and the billion womens economic model he gravitated over 50 years http://www.abedmooc.com, Team of Asian media graduates, and friends and I were lucky to follow movements of Guterres (very granular levels of 100 ops leaders inside UN) around digital un2.0 from their start in 2016.
As a statistician, datawise. I can offer a quick start mapping every last mile operation branch of UN that is linking in to maximise tech nd deep data with smartest possible logistics even as sad new fractures of world trade flows are caused most lately by Russia. Whats still needed is more clarity on which multilateral has the most data on broken value chains- fortunately i personally know who at the world bank has since 2006 the most data on food prices across every country. Maybe you know // sources .
 Digital cooperation has been celebrated solutionwise in Geneva where the ITU has actually been the digital twin of ny policy headquarters from the start in 1946 (and actually earlier since 1865 collaborations needed for there to be one telegraph standard instead of many).
By 2018 the first digital cooperation report mainly chaired out of geneva with 30 national tech leaders eg melinda gates representing USA to guterres and he formed tech envoy transformation office round 10 transformation processes -see Overview of the Office’s Ongoing Work | Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology
The ITU started taking its responsibility to a new level with AIforgood- specifically this went year round zoom not juts annual summit- and a first 50 operational branches of the UN identified at least one ai project each. Meanwhile Guterres hosted expert roundtables around the 10 processes uniting not just un branches and national leaders but corporations , leading ai university centres and NGOs -see https://www.un.org/techenvoy/sites/www.un.org.techenvoy/files/List_of_roundtables_key_constituents.pdf
Three more things came together- it turned out that 20 operational units of the UN had been discussing web1 &2 in annual vents of ITU -in thi=ose days called worldwide information society; the xprize out of moutnain view's singularity university got involved. By december the 10 million dillar avatar prize will  be debriefed- the last 4 xprizes have been on urgen tai solutions eg related to covid. And japan has been uniting about 40 cities' colleges through two investment streams geared to society5.0 and Osaka Data Track Expos - connection places where the UN has a training college and connecting AI regional epicentres fortunately Nordica, Netherlands & selected East Europe's smartest community AI researchers (ie who value DAO) are miles more connected than west EU's bureaucratic offices. (I did help moderate EU Knolwgeboard for 3 years so have followed this rather strange old world happening) You could also check with Romano Prodi as died and he shared most entrepreneurial revolution maps.
Back in 2018 the tufts arctic circle club were miles ahead on virtual reality than other boston students including mit100k prize that i once judged in a minor way.  The over 18 teams are effectively free to help the UN digitalise and connect this with web 3 or metaverse or ai or whatever is the leap forward 2020s that you see tech mobilising
 can a prize help celebrate new Greatest of All Time. This will be one way to unite celebrities of sports and fashions with real tech heroines.
Exponentially we are at a critical time as nature judges us. Due to last week's supreme court rulings, around the world nations are being told taht it is only at the state level they can expect any american partners of climate, energy etc. However there is a chnace e that if we map who cares about water this may even unite some republican states. 
Thanks to the work led by people like Eban he has a listing of which institutions joined their youth in March 2022. Is there a way to see who wants to help youth connect before december's starting line for year 1 of sdgmetaverseprize.org? As far as I can see this prize isnt just us last chance to be be trusted rest of the world on cop26 but it is every community's chance to benchmark digital gov. UN2.0 if succeeds  Meta will not only provide a benchmark for digital multilateral but will in effect unite every best govtech - at community state nation level. So already when it comes to goal 4 education places like singapore and south korea are both leaders of ai for every age group and leading connectors of Guterres Digital UN , and in effect every sustainability goal solution. of course the problem is penisular and  developed island states are not sufficient to help with massive inland solutions on continent scales let alone messy landlocked nations borders. The reality is west (US and EU) depends on Asian solutions  more than many Atlamtic policymakers view. Europe is not yet better situated for peace than the 1920s and this time round the US is not united on being a leader in saving the world. The great thing about the prize is with teams of 2-6 getting on with deep digital solutions youth can advance in joy and productivity even as elder generations have designed 60 years of accelerating media to propagate hate or fear or mental illness.
i welcome any way to follow this up eg whatsapp +1 240 316  8157, zooms, last month while wall street was still investing mainly in naked apes - educators started an NFT aimed at connecting 6000 educators; to be frank this is mainly k-12 leaving the 2 main areas fazle abed's last 20 years focused newly on university and pre-school maximum opportunity to represent women empowerments voice if you should so choose to collaborate
cheers chris macrae

===================please note most of this column is due to be re-edited we hope to issue a list of yunus top 10 stories but when it comes to solutions matching those challeges there's all to play for as web3 is humanity's last chnace to leap ahead

  hottest youth-spring question of our life and times-can online education end youth unemployment for ever ? yes but only if you help map how!

Breaking News to action now!

About Pro-Youth economics at Norman Macrae Foundation online library of norman macrae - The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant -videos 1 2 -fansweb  NMFoundation- youth projects - include yunuschoolusa

 

fullest press reports  Grameen Brand Partnership Architecture

exponential impact advisory: the social business youth networks inspired by muhammad yunus -without which millennium goal actions networks would be way behind are worth far more than any individual parts according to Norman Macrae Foundation  trilliondollaraudit methodology and charter notespace

Beyond the extraordinary investment of the members bank at Grameen, and the approximate third share its members foundation holds in grameenphone, here is our Unofficial League Table of Most Impactful Social Business Investments around yunus - last update 1 dec 2012

! Grameen Solar

2 Grameen Mobile Nursing nets and college

3 Portfolio of investments linkedin by Japan

4 Portfolio of youth-led networking inventions in US educationsystem  tertiar and secondary - transparency note NM Foundation has minor donation/loan interest

5 Investments in Grameen as collaboration brand linked in out of paris- the origin of global social business partnership funds

6 OpenTech investments of Grameen Intel

 

-------- while not controlled by yunus we see wholeplanetfoundation microcredit investment table and conscious capitalsm movements and hugely important to advancing pro-youth economicsmission of friends of youth and yunus

 

email chris.macrae@yahoo.co.ukif you have questions or recommendations of entries that should be in this league table

-please read notes about what pro-youth economists mean by superapps being most

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