Our Model & Support

What We Fund

Experienced, dedicated social entrepreneurs with a developed idea for a non-profit organization with a legal presence in the United States are invited to apply for the Draper Richards Kaplan grant.

We fund:

  • Exceptional organizations tackling important social issues that can make a difference in the lives of many.
  • Exceptional leaders with a model that has the likelihood to be able to scale.
  • Organizations in the early stages of their development where our involvement can make a real difference.  On average, organizations are 1-3 years old and the leader is prepared to execute an ambitious plan.
  • Organizations with a legal existence and substantive presence in the United States.
  • Organizations that are national or global in reach and social issue.


We do not fund:

  • Community-based organizations with no interest in scaling.
  • Organizations whose sole focus is on the development of research.
  • Programs promoting religious doctrine


Some common reasons organizations are not considered eligible for funding:

  • Organization is no longer at the early stages of its development.
  • Organization is local, rather than national or international, in scope. A local organization is one that focuses on a defined region or location and does not plan to expand its reach or service area.
  • Organization is a program of a larger organization, rather than a stand-alone entity.
  • Organization does not plan to be a 501c3.
  • Organization is not located in the United States.
  • Entrepreneur does not choose to make the organization a full-time commitment.
  • Idea is not unique or is a replication of a program that already exists.
  • Idea is unfocused. The organization is trying to solve too many problems or is using too many models and programs to achieve its goals.
  • Idea and/or implementation strategy lacks clarity. The plan is not comprehensive or is hard to understand.
  • Scaling plan is not viable. The revenue model or the operational model is not sustainable.
  • Idea will not create systemic social change. The solution presented does not address root causes or deliver enduring benefits.
  • There is not a plan to measure outcomes.
  • Model does not have large-scale impact.


We do not accept resubmissions.