REDF Awards Osborne $50,000 for Social Enterprises

29 May 2020

Osborne is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $50,000 matching grant from REDF to support our work to offer essential COVID-prevention sanitation and janitorial services during the pandemic. REDF's generosity allows us to continue to develop employment opportunities for our staff while delivering needed services to the community.

REDF's press release is here, and you can read about the award on their website. 

On May 19, REDF awarded $250,000 in grants to five social enterprise businesses that have pivoted to offer essential services and support frontline workers during the pandemic. The $50,000 general operating grants will be matched by the social enterprise business’ own fundraising efforts to double the impact of this investment. All grants will also be paired with technical assistance to support social enterprise leaders through these business transitions. 

“Social enterprises across the country are standing out among businesses with their timely pivots to serve local communities. These five grantees are great examples of the resiliency and agility of the sector,” said REDF President and CEO Carla Javits. “The employment, training, and services that social enterprises provide are vital to communities and will become even more important as the country recovers from COVID-19. This funding is part of REDF’s commitment to ensuring the sector can continue to meet that demand.”

Osborne Social Ventures, one of five recipients, is a janitorial social enterprise employing individuals who have been in the criminal justice system. Osborne Social Ventures is serving on the frontlines at the request of the City of New York by providing COVID-prevention sanitation and janitorial work. 


posted May 29, 2020