1. Education


    Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared to succeed in college will go on to lead productive, economically independent lives. In carrying out Mr. Kauffman's legacy, our education work focuses on access to high quality public school options and postsecondary opportunities intended to improve academic and life outcomes for lower income urban students in Kansas City.
  2. Entrepreneurship


    Entrepreneurs are critical to the long-term health and prosperity of our economy and society. We work to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and to further understand what new firms need to start and grow.
  3. Kansas City

    Kansas City

    From our home in Kansas City, we work on initiatives that reach into our neighborhoods and around the world. We support important civic causes that enrich our community and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Recent Activity

DECEMBER 01, 2015

New Kauffman Sketchbook Expresses Urgent Need to Provide Students the Opportunities They Deserve

Every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures, according to a new Kauffman Sketchbook video.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

Kauffman Sketchbook - "A Sense of Urgency"

Aaron North, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Education, discusses how every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures. North recommends moving beyond the ideologies and personal philosophies that can distract efforts to stay focused on advancing academic achievement for every student.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

REER Conference 2015

Highlights of 3 papers presented at the 2015 Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference: Part 2

Leading entrepreneurial scholars and practitioners discuss the meaning and importance of an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Policy Environment Important in Shaping Entrepreneurship

Near the end of the day at the Startup Nations Summit, Jonathan Ortmans asked me to make a couple of observations about startup policy. I did not use slides, but several people asked for some sort of synopsis of my talk. Here is roughly what I said.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: The Economic Outlook

Last month, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told the House Committee on Financial Services that the U.S. economy was performing well. This week, she makes an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee where she may announce the first raise interest rate increase since June 2006.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Dept. of Labor Announces $100 Million TechHire Competition

While everyone looks to Silicon Valley and its tech startups for the next unicorn to generate huge amounts of wealth, there is considerable competition for talent with the right skills. With the immigration debate stuck in neutral, there are hundreds of thousands of tech jobs throughout the U.S. that are currently unfilled in rapidly growing sectors.

NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference: Part 1

Leading scholars and practitioners cover the meaning and importance of an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

One in a Million Training Day

Fifteen semifinalists in the One in a Million Competition came to Kansas City with passion, courage and a solid sense of who they are and what they have to offer. After intense coaching and competing, they left stronger than ever, with the tools and insights to take their startups to the next level. Take a look behind the scenes on training day.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

One in a Million Video Submission Mashup

During the search for One in a Million, we asked entrepreneurs to tell us a story. They submitted video segments using the power of visual language to capture the essence of what they do.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

Recap of 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship: Recipes for Growth

Kauffman researcher, Colin Tomkins-Bergh explores the key takeaways from the 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015

Helpful Items to List on an Academic CV

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Startup Nations Awards Bring a Close to Global Entrepreneurship Week

Startup-focused policymakers and advisers gathered this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, for the Startup Nations Summit (SNS) – and the official closing of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Thanksgiving Recess

Members of the House and Senate are back home for the Thanksgiving recess and will return next week. In the meantime, Washington Post political reporter Mike DeBonis says you can expect to see a lighter schedule for Congress next year -- with the Senate set for 143 days in session and the House only 111 -- and not just because of the general election.

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Entrepreneurship Education Increasing in American Schools

Earlier this year, the Kauffman Foundation reported that millennials were the most educated generation and that they were the most exposed to entrepreneurship education based on the number of college courses on the subject. Last week, Junior Achievement released a new study showing that the increase goes beyond college campuses.

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