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!
Through Kapor Capital we make investments in 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
On the nonprofit side, the Kapor Center works differently than our Foundation predecessor: we don’t seek unsolicited responsive grant requests. Instead, we’re focusing on partnerships to accomplish mutual objectives. We want to break free of the traditional, transactional, funder/nonprofit dynamic. We want to bring our capital – human and financial – to the table, just as we expect our partners to bring their resources to the table, and we’ll succeed together. Current examples include:
- The Kapor Center has worked with Oakland Local to create a tech landscape survey of Oakland, and will implement a series of articles and events highlighting the entrepreneurs and contributors to this diverse ecosystem.
- The Marcus Foster Education Fund, along with the Kapor Center and the College Access Foundation of California, is overseeing the community implementation of the College Bound Brotherhood 2.0. While together we plan the broader framework, MFEF facilitates the work.
Again, we’re most interested 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.
Occasionally we do small-scale ($5,000 or less) 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 a tech scholarship, please submit the intake form. We’ll reply only if the proposed event sufficiently aligns with our interests. Rest assured that your request will be read, and please don’t submit multiple requests.