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March 2004Vol. 5, No. 2Funding for "Social Entrepreneurs"

The Draper Richards Foundation provides grants to social entrepreneurs starting new nonprofit organizations. Awards are $100,000 annually for 3 years and may address areas such as education, youth and families, the environment, arts, health, and community and economic development. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Proposed projects must be:

  • New nonprofit organizations
  • Focused on social change
  • Based in the United States
  • National or international in scope

Because only four awards are made each year, funding is highly selective. Applicants should have strong management experience and demonstrate that the proposed project provides innovative methods to address social problems.

For more information, visit the Draper Richards Foundation website at or contact the foundation at:

Tel: (415) 616-4050
Fax: (415) 616-4060