The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund: Implementing a Social Venture Capital Approach to Philanthropy

Harvard Business School



Case Study Sector


Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) transformed its philanthropic practice into a social venture capital practice in 1997 with a portfolio of nonprofit enterprises in the San Francisco Bay Area. This case presents REDF's analysis of the changing needs of the nonprofit marketplace.

Learning objective: Allows students to analyze the applicability of a private venture capital model to social enterprise, including evaluating the changing nonprofit and philanthropic marketplace and looking in depth at one attempt to implement a social venture capital practice.



  • Strategy


  • Northern America

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