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REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund)

Create Legal Definition for Employment Social Enterprise

We would use this definition in any upcoming bills at Federal and State level to ensure employment social enterprises are included in relief and economic recovery programs.

Posted April 28, 2020

Work & Deliverables

REDF, an America Forward Coalition member, requests legal support in legally defining the term: employment social enterprise. Given the current disruption of commerce employment social enterprises, like other small businesses, will not be able to survive the impact of COVID-19 without government assistance. We want to be sure the businesses survive this crisis intact so that they can immediately employ people who will be even more in need once they are able to go to work again. Because employment social enterprises are often hybrid organizations (business and social service organizations), and incorporated as nonprofits and as for profits, it can be challenging for government programs to include or underwrite them unless they are explicitly named as beneficiaries. With any programs Congress and State legislatures contemplates to assist small businesses and nonprofits, we are advocating for the programs to explicitly include employment social enterprises. Our legal aid request is if We The Action can help us refine our employment social enterprise language that we have come up with: EMPLOYMENT SOCIAL ENTERPRISE. – The term “employment social enterprise” means an entity that meets all the following: (A) Is organized as a social purpose corporation, a benefit corporation, a nonprofit corporation or the entity is an organization incorporated with in a larger organization. (B) Demonstrates evidence in its articles of incorporation, bylaws, or both, of the employment social enterprise’s mission to provide employment and social support with on-the-job and life skills training to a direct labor force who are individuals with a barrier to employment (as defined in section 3(24) of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). (C) Evidence-based organization that has production or assembly of goods or the provision of services, or a combination of both.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: No
REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund)

REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a philanthropic organization that invests in the growth and effectiveness of employment social enterprises. We have identified over 400 enterprises across the country, and these companies provide jobs, a paycheck, and training to the most vulnerable and lowest income people, preventing homelessness, and recidivism to prison. Since 1997, REDF has provided capital and advisory services to about 200 employment social enterprises in 32 states, which have provided training for and employed over 50,000.

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