Employment Social Enterprise Census


REDF defines employment social enterprise as organizations (both non-profit and for-profit) that have a mission of employing individuals with significant barriers to employment including those who have experienced homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness, and young people who are not in school or working. In addition to providing paid, transitional employment, social enterprises also provide wrap around services that help their employees stabilize their lives and increase the likelihood they will stay employed. If this description applies to your organization, please continue. If not, please forward to a social enterprise friend.

Now more than ever, the work you do to support people striving to overcome employment barriers—get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better future—is critically important. It is a privilege for REDF to help lead and support this growing movement. The information you share by participating in the Census plays a key role in helping us do that.

By obtaining a baseline understanding of the employment social enterprise sector in the U.S., we will be able to better serve you with the content, resources, and programming needed to strengthen and grow your businesses to assist more people. The information you provide will also help REDF raise the profile of the sector both regionally and nationally, and advance legislation that is supportive of your work.

  • The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and your participation is vital.
  • The person at your organization who is best able to provide information on your goals, challenges, and impacts should fill out the census. That person most likely will be the Social Enterprise Director, or the President or Executive Director of the parent organization.
  • Please provide only one response per social enterprise business line – social enterprise business line represents the unique businesses operated by an organization, which can include multiple businesses under one organization.
  • Please be as accurate as possible, and complete the survey no later than September 29, 2017.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at census@redf.org. Thank you for participating in the first annual REDF National Employment Social Enterprise Census.


The census is now closed. Thank you for your participation.