In 1990, Lee Draper founded Draper Consulting Group, which has helped more than 50 grantmakers establish new foundations, build effective boards, design grantmaking programs and guidelines, integrate new generations of board and staff leadership, and create effective capacity building programs for nonprofit organizations.
By using a highly tailored, holistic approach that promotes best practices and overall effectiveness, Dr. Draper has led major efforts to shape philanthropy. She served as one of the lead consultants to Blue Cross of California in creating all aspects of its two new philanthropic entities: The California Endowment and the California HealthCare Foundation. She and her team assisted in the development of the foundations’ mission, vision and values, programmatic priorities, operations plan, board governance, and staffing. Dr. Draper helped in the formation of 10 other new foundations including the Orange County Community Foundation and assisted in the expansion and program design of 12 more.
Draper Consulting Group is deeply engaged in family philanthropy and has helped donor families both integrate next generations into philanthropy and achieve high impact when the family desires to sunset after a set period. Dr. Draper’s broad experience with diverse types and sizes of grantmakers, from the Annenberg Foundation to small family foundations, enables her to share a variety of models so that foundation leaders can develop effective strategies to achieve their goals.
In 2006, Dr. Draper founded the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers whose mission is to increase philanthropy and deepen its impact by harnessing the skills and experience of consultants across the U.S. The organization has forged partnerships with many grantmaking associations and developed the first national online, searchable directory of qualified, vetted consultants.
Prior to establishing Draper Consulting Group, Dr. Draper held management positions at three major California foundations. The Ahmanson Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, and California Community Foundation. In addition, Dr. Draper has seven years of nonprofit management experience as a museum director, curator, and educator.
For over eight years, Dr. Draper wrote regular feature articles under the byline “Philanthropy in Action” for Foundation News & Commentary and has appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Town & Country, and on NPR.
- Board of Directors, Governance Issues
- Executive Coaching
- Facilitation (Retreats, Groups, etc.)
- Family Dynamics
- Foundation Management
- Fund Development
- Grantmaking and Program Development
- Leadership Transition, Succession Planning and Leadership Development
- New Foundation Development
- Next Generation Issues
- Partnerships, Collaborations
- Place-based Philanthropy
- Strategic Planning
Types of Grantmakers Served
- Community Foundations
- Conversion Foundations
- Donor-Advised Funds
- Family Foundations
- Focused Funders
- Funder Collaboratives
- Giving Circles
- Government Grantmakers
- Grantmaker Associations, Affinity Groups, Funder Networks
- Independent/Private Foundations
- Operating Foundations
- Public Foundations
- Social Change Funds
- Women's Funds
- Arts, Culture, Humanities
- Children, Youth and Families
- Civic Engagement
- Economic and Community Development
- Human Services, Social Services
- Philanthropic Sector
- Technical Assistance, Nonprofit Capacity Building
- Women and Girls
- New Mexico