REFOUNDRY: AN INNOVATIVE NEW PROGRAM

Refoundry is an innovative new not-for-profit that trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings,
and incubates participants into their own businesses.  We see the value in people and in materials too often discarded by society,
and have designed an innovative program that recognizes and promotes the worth of these precious resources. 

When I'm working with materials that other people have thrown away and discarded, I'm thinking about my life.  
As I reshape them I put part of myself into them, and it feels like I'm reshaping myself.  And when I'm done,
I see I've made something beautiful and of value, and other people see it -- and me -- that way too
.  
Eugene Manigo, Refoundry participant & business owner

 
 

How This Former Inmate Turned His Life Around Through Entrepreneurship

US Chamber of Commerce

 

Refoundry Executive Director Tommy Safian being interviewed by PwC's Chief Purpose Officer, Shannon Schuyler, at the Social Innovation Summit.

Silicon Valley - November 15, 2016

Former Inmates Turn Trash Into Treasure At This Sustainable Nonprofit

Huffington Post - October 13, 2016

Introduction to Refoundry's New LA Initiative

LA Design Center - September 24, 2016

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THREE PILLARS OF REFOUNDRY: COLLABORATION, SELF-RELIANCE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Collaboration: Refoundry accesses the services, expertise, and knowledge base of existing resources, building sustainable partnerships of mutual benefit with non-profits, governmental agencies and private businesses.

Self-Reliance: Although a dedicated non-profit, Refoundry is run like a for-profit enterprise, modeling revenue production, operational efficiency and self-reliance to its participants.  For example, during their long-term training, program participants craft product that the organization sells to help cover costs: When the program is fully scaled revenues are projected to cover up to 70% of the operating budget, including participant salaries.

Entrepreneurship: Refoundry’s model is designed to help move people who have long drawn from the tax base to become business owners who provide jobs, build wealth, and drive real economic development in their mostly poor and underserved home communities.

 

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