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

    Ewing Kauffman saw Kansas City as a place brimming with possibilities — a place with uncommon potential.

    We honor his legacy by supporting strategic initiatives that contribute to the vibrancy and national relevance of our community.

Recent Activity

MAY 30, 2017

Eight Venture Accelerators Win Grant and Sponsorship Awards KC Accelerator Challenge

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced a total of $840,000 in awards to eight local venture accelerators selected for grants and sponsorship in the KC Accelerator Challenge.

MAY 25, 2017

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Momentum and Maturity

Using the metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City, this paper provides insights into how regions can accelerate momentum and increase their return on investments in entrepreneur development.

MAY 22, 2017

Kansas City’s Inaugural Class Selected to Participate in the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE)

Unique two-year teacher development program invests in high-performing teacher leaders.

MAY 18, 2017

Startup Activity Swings Upward for Third Consecutive Year, Annual Kauffman Index Reports

Business startup activity trudged slightly upward in 2016, continuing a three-year ascension and reaching pre-Recession levels, according to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

MAY 16, 2017

EshipCity: Zero Barriers Movement

Hear the stories of how entrepreneurs are fighting day after day to build great businesses in the new economy and what barriers stand in their way.

APRIL 18, 2017

New Kauffman Foundation Grant Program Aims to Remove Barriers Diverse Entrepreneurs Face

To address a variety of demographic, socioeconomic and geographic barriers standing in the way of entrepreneurs, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced a Request for Proposals for its newly launched Inclusion Open grant program.

APRIL 14, 2017

"The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship"

Arnobio Morelix, senior research analyst at the Kauffman Foundation, discusses the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship.

APRIL 05, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Announces Kansas City's 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows

Twenty teachers from 12 local schools received a big surprise this morning when they learned that they had been selected as 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows.

MARCH 16, 2017

"Zero Barriers to Startup"

Victor Hwang, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Entrepreneurship, notes the contributions entrepreneurs make to their communities and invites people to join the Zero Barriers to Startup movement.

MARCH 02, 2017

Zero Barriers at State of Entrepreneurship 2017

See what happens when more than 150 policymakers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders work together to solve challenges facing startups today.

FEBRUARY 17, 2017

2017 State of Entrepreneurship Address

The 8th annual State of Entrepreneurship Address discussed the resurgence of entrepreneurship in the United States, but also that three megatrends must be taken into account to reverse the longer term decline of startups.

FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Entrepreneurship is on the Rise but Long-Term Startup Decline Leaves Millions of Americans Behind

After a long hangover from the Great Recession, entrepreneurship is finally rebounding in the United States, according to the 8th Annual Kauffman Foundation State of Entrepreneurship Address held in Washington today.

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