Our Grants/Your Proposal
Start Up Funding
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation partners with entrepreneurs to build strong and capable organizations. We believe that multi-year, unrestricted grant funding is essential for an organization to plan properly, hire well, and focus on its mission. If a leader can build a strong organization from the beginning, the organization has a much better chance at scaled and sustainable impact. To that end, The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation provides $300,000 in startup funding, paid over 3 years, to organizations that show extraordinary promise.
We serve as advisors and partners during the critical early years as the organizations build their infrastructure and begin to scale. We use a venture capital model and conduct extensive diligence before funding. We work closely with grantees on governance, strategy, management issues and growth, usually serving on their boards of directors.
Network of Entrepreneurs
Our portfolio is an actively expanding array of the brightest stars of the non-profit sector. Our entrepreneurs have a reputation for collaborating and setting a standard of excellence for their sector. The Foundation fosters collaboration through an annual entrepreneur retreat, events throughout the year, and group calls on management techniques and other topics pertinent to the portfolio.
Energy and Passion. These are two closely linked characteristics that seem to fuel one another in the great entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that I’ve met. Energy helps you discover and pursue your passion. Passion gives you more energy, which leads to more discoveries and pursuits.
William H. Draper, III
The Startup Game