Morehouse College Receives $2 Million Gift From the Mitchell Kapor Foundation

Date Released: November 19, 2019

ATLANTA — The Mitchell Kapor Foundation has donated $2 million to Morehouse College to fund scholarships, expand academic programs, and support student recruitment efforts.

The gift was recently confirmed to the Office of Institutional Advancement by representatives of philanthropists Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D.

Kapor is a tech pioneer and venture capitalist who designed Lotus 1-2-3, which made the personal computer a staple of corporate offices in the 1980s. The tech leader also served as founding chair of Mozilla, creator of the Firefox web browser, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects privacy on the Internet. 

Officials at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation said that the $2 million donation to Morehouse College aligns with its efforts to support institutions with academic programs that prepare African Americans and other people from underrepresented communities for STEM careers.

“I would like to personally thank the Mitchell Kapor Foundation for its continued support of programs at Morehouse College,” said President David A. Thomas. “Mitchell Kapor was a game-changer in the tech industry. We hope that scholars who receive this gift will be inspired by his success and similarly pursue excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The tech space is a frontier in which our scholars could emerge as leaders.”

Kapor is continuing his legacy in tech through a variety of programs that promote increased access for minorities. Kapor Capital, his Venture Capital firm, invests in startups launched by women and entrepreneurs from low-income and underrepresented communities of color. More than one-third of the venture capital firm’s current portfolio includes first-time investments with businesses run by a founder from an underrepresented minority group.

Kapor Klein, co-founder of Kapor Capital, is also working to increase diversity in the tech industry. She is the founder of the STEM education nonprofit, SMASH, which provides STEM enrichment opportunities for high school students from low-income and underrepresented communities at eleven college campuses, including Morehouse College. Klein also serves as co-founder of the Kapor Center, an Oakland-based organization committed to leveling the playing field in tech and entrepreneurship.

"To be a SMASH scholar and a Morehouse Man is a double honor of the highest degree. We're thrilled to support this pipeline of leadership and excellence through the SMASH Alumni Scholars Program Fund," said Cedric Brown, Chief Foundation Officer of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation.

The Morehouse College Office of Institutional Advancement works to build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, and other partners who believe in Morehouse’s mission and vision to develop men who are committed to leadership, community service, and academic excellence. Donations help to fund the priorities of the Office of the President, which include: creating the campus of the future, supporting student scholarships and faculty research, improving campus facilities and infrastructure, and offering transformative educational opportunities for students.

“Morehouse College is the nation’s only liberal arts institution focused on the development of leaders in every field,” said Monique Dozier, Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement. “Supporting scholarships at Morehouse provides students who need financial assistance a path to success that will impact future generations. We thank our partners at The Mitchell Kapor Foundation for their support.”

Last Modified: November 19, 2019, 15:11 PM, by: Casey Herrington

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