Pre-Application Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK)!  We are excited about the opportunity to learn about your work. DRK funds social impact organizations focused on addressing the world’s biggest and most pressing problems. We recognize that applying for funding is a significant time investment. 

We have developed the following questions to help applicants decide whether and when to apply for DRK funding. 

Please start by reviewing what we do not fund. If your organization can be described by any of the following, your organization does not meet the basic aspect of our mission. 

Specifically, if you are:

  • A project(s) that is part of an established, mature organization (unless there is a plan to spin out).
  • An organization whose sole focus is the development of research.
  • A Program(s) promoting religious doctrine.
  • A U.S. 501(c)(4) organization.
  • An idea or pre-pilot stage organization. 
  • An awareness or field building campaign.
  • A for-profit where your investors are primarily focused on investment returns.
  • An organization in the following countries (list based on U.S. non-profit law restrictions).
  • An organization that does not plan to significantly expand or scale your impact to achieve your mission.

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Thank you for your response. Please answer our pre-application questions.

6. Organizational Structure: Is your organization one of the following or in the process of being registered as one of the following structures? 

  • Independent nonprofit, including US 501(c)(3) and its non-US equivalent.
  • Impact first, mission-driven for-profit entity, including C corporation, B corporation, or a hybrid organization. 
  • Fiscally sponsored organization with a plan to spin out in the next year.

7. Geographic Impact: Is your impact focused in one of the following regions of the world?

  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)
  • Europe
  • India 
  • Latin America
  • Middle East/North Africa (including Israel and Palestine)
  • United States

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our pre-application questions. 

Good news! Your responses indicate that your organization meets the minimum criteria to be considered for DRK support, including high level alignment with our mission to support social impact organizations focused on addressing the world’s biggest and most pressing problems.

We encourage you to submit an application (click "Submit Response" to be redirected to the application form).

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