Joe Kapp is the President and cofounder of the National Center for Resource Development (NCRD), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps foundations, nonprofits, higher education institutions and others achieve greater impact by developing resources to more effectively execute their missions.
Profiled in the Sunday Washington Post Magazine for his entrepreneurial work, Kapp understands that in order for organizations to thrive, they must be intentional about increasing resources in a systematic and strategic manner. From creating strategic funding plans to providing expert executive coaching, Kapp and his team’s wide variety of services have helped an array of clients raise millions of dollars by significantly growing their funding streams, identifying innovative resources and creating effective new partnerships.
After selling his business and retiring at the age of 38, Kapp started NCRD to help mission-driven organizations apply entrepreneurial and business skills to increase funding, develop new partnerships and expand to the next level. Through his work, Kapp has helped numerous organizations grow from small organizations that are merely surviving to multi-million dollar organizations that are thriving. In addition, under Kapp’s leadership, NCRD has re/launched a number of national initiatives including National Entrepreneurship Week and RuralRISE, which focus on democratizing entrepreneurship by increasing access to resources and opportunities for all Americans.
Kapp, a serial entrepreneur, started and sold his first business in college and has over 10 years of experience working in the technology industry, having advised companies like GE, Johnson and Johnson, and other Fortune 500 corporations on the use and implementation of new and emerging sales force and CRM technologies. Kapp also started and sold a successful financial services business, where he advised hundreds of clients, small business owners and high net worth families on ways to build assets and establish planned giving strategies. Kapp has started numerous other successful ventures and nonprofit organizations.
Kapp has also written extensively on resource development, entrepreneurship, and financial planning for a variety of national media outlets including the Journal of Financial Planning, the Advocate magazine and the Huffington Post. His most recent writings include a chapter in the book Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation. Kapp has been quoted in numerous media outlets from the Associated Press, AARP, the Washington Business Journal, the Washington Times and Investment News, among others.
Kapp is a dynamic and motivational keynote speaker, having presented at numerous conferences, meetings and events including SXSW, the Kauffman Foundation’s annual ESHIP Summit and internationally for the US State Department.
Kapp holds a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida State University. When not working, Kapp enjoys traveling, scuba diving and photography.