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Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation’s Grants Program

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted September 3, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2021

The Foundation will look for:
1. Exceptional Entrepreneurs: The Foundation 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.

2. Potential to Scale: To affect meaningful change upon the major challenges of time, they need big solutions to big problems. They support 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. Scaled organizations act as models to other groups in the sector and have the clout to affect policy, public opinion, and economies.

3. Sustainable Impact: The Foundation looks for leveraged solutions that will create lasting positive change. They look for game-changing ideas that create better opportunities and outcomes for the future.

The Foundation funds:
◾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.
◾Social enterprises that are national or global in reach and/or social issue.
◾On average, organizations are 1-3 years old and the leader is prepared to execute an ambitious plan
◾ U.S. and international organizations.
◾The Foundation supports non-profit, for-profit and hybrid social enterprises..

Utilize This Offer

The Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation is accepting applications for its grants program with an aim to achieve substantial positive change in the world.

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation has an open application process and accept applications year round. Borrowed from their venture capital legacy they find exceptional entrepreneurs, provide them with 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and provide rigorous on-going support by joining their board of directors for the 3 years and partnering with the leader to help them to build capacity in their organization and scale their impact.

Deadline: Ongoing (rolling basis).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 03
Sep 03

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Sep 04
Sep 04

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 27
Sep 27


Sep 26
Sep 26

Hi Ana,
Thank you for sharing so many awesome opportunities.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Sep 27
Sep 27