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Kapor Center for Social Impact


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

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

  • Celebrity: Business
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $44,524,174

Total giving: $4,582,759





Additional Contact Information

Tel./Fax: (510) 488-6600


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.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

College Bound Brotherhood

The College Bound Brotherhood increases the college readiness, access, persistence, and completion of African American young men from the San Francisco Bay Area in CA. See program web site for further information.

Fields of Interest

  • Civic participation
  • Climate change
  • Community and economic development
  • Education
  • Education services
  • Environment
  • Higher education
  • Recycling
  • Secondary education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Male adolescents
  • Male children and youth
  • Males
  • People of African descent
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $44,524,174 (market value)

Gifts received: $8,792,706

Expenditures: $6,979,282

Total giving: $4,582,759

Qualifying distributions: $6,166,652