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.

Refoundry's incubation program is drawn from a model developed by co-founder Cisco Pinedo in his South Central Los Angeles based furniture business, and is coupled with wrap-around social service support and an intensive career development curriculum.

Refoundry's model leverages existing resources to have positive environmental impact, move people from drawing from the tax base to contributing to it, and stimulate economic development in poor, underserved communities.  


criminal justice reform, opportunity & Purpose

PwC Chief Purpose Officer & Corporate Responsibility Leader Shannon Schuyler interviews Refoundry Executive Director Tommy Safian at Landmark Venture's Social Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley, November 15, 2016.   View seven select excerpts here.


three pillars of refoundry

Collaboration: Refoundry accesses the services, expertise, and knowledge base of existing resources, building sustainable partnerships of mutual benefit with non-profits organizations, academic institutions, government agencies and businesses and other professionals.

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, the organization sells the products and services generated in the program's long-term training, with revenues covering up to 50% 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.

Dexter Nurse, refoundry participant

Dexter Nurse, refoundry participant


featured videos

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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