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Funding from The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

This call is permanently open.

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK) seeks out entrepreneurs who exhibit characteristics of extraordinary leadership: vision, intelligence, influence, ambition, discretion and follow-through. Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneurs have proven track records that demonstrate a full spectrum of competencies.

To affect meaningful change upon the major challenges of our time, DRK needs big solutions to big problems. Social enterprises — non-profit, for-profit and hybrid organizations — that can expand enough to directly benefit a large number of beneficiaries and impart enough momentum to influence broader systems that encumber progress are supported. Scaled organizations act as models to other groups in the sector and have the clout to affect policy, public opinion, and economies.

DRK looks for leveraged solutions that will create lasting positive change. DRK looks for game-changing ideas that create better opportunities and outcomes for the future.


  • Leaders tackling important social issues that can make a difference in the lives of many.
  • Models that have the likelihood to be able to scale.
  • Social enterprises in the early stages of their development where DRK involvement (financial, as a board member and through other support) can make a real difference.
  • On average, organizations are 1-3 years old and the leader is prepared to execute an ambitious plan.
  • Social enterprises that are national or global in reach and/or social issue.
  • Domestic (U.S.) and international organizations.
  • We support non-profit, for-profit and hybrid social enterprises.

DRK investments are distributed twice a year over a three-year term, totaling $300,000. A senior member of the DRK team, most frequently the team member who led the diligence process, will join the board of the organization for the 3-year term to actively support the entrepreneur to build capacity in the social venture to scale and realize their goals.

This call is permanently open.


[Boletín SIUN 415, 8 de noviembre de 2018]

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