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Kapor Center for Social Impact


Last profile update: 07/28/2016
Last grant data update: 11/10/2017

At A Glance

Kapor Center for Social Impact

(formerly Mitchell Kapor Foundation)

2201 Broadway, Ste. 725

Oakland, CA United States 94612-3024

Telephone: (510) 255-4650


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1997 in MA - Founded by Mitchell Kapor, co-founder of the software company Lotus Development Corporation, and the designer of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily in three focus areas: Educational Access, Diversity Tech, and Tech for Social Impact. The foundation is most interested in: 1) investing in suitable uses of tech to close gaps and enable equitable access and participation (mostly through investments), 2) advancing underrepresented populations in the tech ecosystem, namely African Americans and Latino/as; and 3) undertaking efforts based in Oakland, CA.