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

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Women Entrepreneurs Have What it Takes to Grow Post-Conflict Economies

Can strengthening entrepreneurship in post-conflict countries help prevent future violence? And, how are women in post-conflict countries specifically equipped to benefit from entrepreneurship?

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State How Licensing Laws Fence Out New Businesses

Jason Wiens provides testimony to Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

The Kauffman Foundation Testifies about the Barriers Occupational Licensing Poses to Entrepreneurs

Jason Wiens, Policy Director at the Kauffman Foundation, provided testimony to the California Little Hoover Commission on the barriers occupational licensing poses to entrepreneurship.

FEBRUARY 02, 2016

Kauffman Scholars Celebrates 100th Graduate

Scholars attend more than 65 universities across the country

FEBRUARY 02, 2016

100 Reasons to be Proud (and 700 More on the Way)

Aaron North, Kauffman's vice president of Education, discusses the opportunity presented by hundreds of Kauffman Scholars coming home with college degrees.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Immigrant Investor Program Under Review

In late December, Congress temporarily extended a 25 year old initiative called the EB-5 "Immigrant Investor" program that is intended to attract wealthy foreign investors to the U.S. to back promising new startups – and provide jobs for Americans. While the program generated more than $5 billion in investment between 2005 and 2013, it hasn’t been so successful at translating that into jobs. This week, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary examines the EB-5 Regional Centers that account for 95% of all EB-5 capital.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

New Development Strategies Borrow from Innovation Hubs

Remember the Washington Consensus? After years of false starts and dead ends in solving development challenges, new formulas now incorporate bold entrepreneurial components. The result is that for the first time in many decades, ending extreme poverty is less of an elusive goal.

FEBRUARY 01, 2016

State Licensing Laws and Their Impact on New Business Formation

Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation will be providing testimony later this week for a California state commission about how occupational licensing laws can stifle startups and prevent them from reaching their full potential.

JANUARY 29, 2016

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

JANUARY 29, 2016

The Other Side of the Talent Frenzy

Kauffman researcher Chris Jackson expands on a common theme at Growthology; talent. Are the lavish benefits high tech and other companies provide for their best and brightest keeping workers happy?

JANUARY 28, 2016

Richard Whitmire joins Kauffman Foundation as Senior Fellow

It began with this one question: Why are boys falling behind in school?

JANUARY 27, 2016

The Taxing Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Tax incentives do not create new jobs because young, high-growth firms begun by entrepreneurs create jobs. Entrepreneurs beginning young, high growth firms care less about tax breaks than they do for proximity to talent, capital and the amenities of urban living.

JANUARY 26, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Launches New Education Blog

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to education issues. Now there’s a new place to talk about them.

JANUARY 26, 2016

Two Emails I am Keeping in 2016

Aaron North, Kauffman's vice president of Education, talks about the impact of two emails he received last year.

JANUARY 25, 2016

The Myth of the American Entrepreneurial Culture

Kauffman Research & Policy Director Yas Motoyama examines whether the United States is unique in its supportive entrepreneurship culture.

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