Dragons Fund

a non-profit 501(c)3 initiative of the COMMON Foundation

We believe everyone should have access to a global education.

The Dragons Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity of the COMMON Foundation, provides needs-based scholarships to attend Where There Be Dragons programs, making it possible for individuals who would otherwise not have access.

Where There Be Dragons will match the total donations raised, up to $150,000, in discounted tuitions for students receiving scholarships each year.


1. Donate by PayPal/Debit or Credit Card:

2. Donate by Check or Wire:

Make check out to Dragons Fund. Send to the following address:

COMMON Foundation
c/o Matthew King, Ph.D.
3980 Broadway, Suite 103-164
Boulder, Colorado 80304

Be sure to include:

  • Your full name
  • Return mailing address
  • Email address
  • Any other information pertinent to your gift

To donate by wire, please contact Matthew King at the COMMON Foundation (King@OurCommonFoundation.org).

Increase your gift to the Dragons Fund—and your tax deduction—with one simple strategy: Make a bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds, and mutual funds, directly to the Dragons Fund.

Compared with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction. Speak with your tax adviser about the benefits of donating securities and then get in touch with us and we’ll do the rest.

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Other Initiatives

Thanks to the generosity of previous donors, Dragons is pleased to offer a scholarship for public school classroom teachers serving underrepresented communities. Check back for the 2020 García-Meza Scholarship for Certified School Teachers

Employment Opportunity: No positions at this time. We believe that everyone should have access to global education, regardless of their financial circumstances. The Dragons Fund is a 501(c)(3) initiative of the COMMON Foundation, established in partnership with Where There Be Dragons to provide need-based scholarships for motivated, qualified students and educators. This is an exciting part-time contract position that invites you to connect with alumni, their families, as well as prospective students, and amplify Dragons’ ability to make an impact through life-changing global education experiences.


Both students and parents have shared their stories describing the immense value of the Dragons Fund:

“Without having received a Dragon’s scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to experience the majestic views and immerse myself in the Bolivian culture that was so new to me. I think the Dragons Fund is a necessary step toward ensuring more kids will be able to take a Dragons trip and experience a new way of traveling, one that makes you think critically about the surrounding world and one that encourages discomfort and values learning and relationships more than anything.”
-Ivan, Dragons Alumni

“Diversity is a principle on which Dragons was founded, so it also should be reflected in the students who go on course. Traveling to far places to gain perspective is a learning experience not only through the host countries but very much within the group of students themselves. Having more diversity will greatly expand the potential for collective and individual growth for students and provide new perspectives during and after course. Programs should not be limited to only an elite group of people who have the privilege to afford it. I hope that the Dragons Fund can expand Dragons programs and continue to fulfill their mission of inclusivity and diversity for years to come.”
-Abby, Dragons Alumni

“As a Dragon’s parent, you have no doubt shared the same experiences as I have, watching the eyes and minds of your child open to the wonders of the world through authentic cultural exchange. Years later, we are still reminded of the value (and values) that their travel with Dragons provided our daughters. That’s why I’m pleased to let you know about a program that is allowing children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to share in such an experience to do so.”
-Scott Coe, Dragons Parent

Learn More

To learn more about the Dragons Fund, please contact Matthew King at the COMMON Foundation (King@OurCommonFoundation.org).

If you’d like to learn more about the COMMON Foundation and how to establish a scholarship in your family’s name, please contact Dr. Matthew King, President/Chairman.

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