Funding

As an organization with secure but limited financial resources, we use program priorities to appropriately narrow the scope of our potential work.

Funding is one of the four strategies that the Kapor Center uses in pursuit of our mission. We have three routes to funding resources:

As an organization with secure but limited financial resources, we use program priorities to appropriately narrow the scope of our potential work. True to our mission, we’re most interested in advancing underrepresented populations in the tech ecosystem, namely African Americans and Latino/as, and undertaking such efforts based in Oakland, California, the community in which we work and live. The more that those two priorities converge and overlap in our work, the better!

INVESTMENTS

We have 3 routes to funding resources: Investments, partnerships and event sponsorships.

Through Kapor Capital we make investments in for profit information technology-focused, seed-stage startups that create positive social impact, along with economic value. Tech-enabled dynamics we look for include:

  • Closing gaps of access and opportunity in education, healthcare, and the workplace
  • Promoting disruptive innovations which democratize whole sectors by empowering marginalized individuals and group

PARTNERSHIPS

On the nonprofit side, the Kapor Center works differently than our Foundation predecessor: we don’t seek unsolicited responsive grant requests. Again, we’re most interested in building partnerships that will advance the presence and power of underrepresented populations in the tech ecosystem. We look forward to engaging with community members in our expanded networks to discuss ideas and partnership potential.

Partnership Intake Form (by invitation only)

EVENT SPONSORSHIP / TECH SCHOLARSHIPS

We do small-scale (up to $5,000) sponsorship of events (convenings or fundraisers) that align with our tech-focused mission.  We prioritize sponsorships to San Francisco Bay Area-based organizations that utilize tech to have a positive, progressive social impact, particularly for low-income communities of color.  We also offer tech scholarships for mission-aligned conference organizers to diversify conference attendance.

If interested in event sponsorship or in diversifying your conference attendance, please submit the intake form. Rest assured that your request will be read, and please don’t submit multiple requests.