Ewing Kauffman energized people around him; he rallied his hometown and challenged everyone he knew to do more.
He wanted to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education that would enable them to reach their full potential. He saw building enterprise as one of the most effective ways to realize individual promise and spur the economy.
Throughout the year, the Kauffman Foundation will mark the 100th anniversary of Ewing Kauffman's birth on September 21, 1916, by recalling the milestones and pivotal moments that served as guideposts for his life and times.
We will recall his modest beginnings, the creation and growth of Marion Laboratories and the establishment of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Above all, we will remember his social awareness that was grounded in his belief in people and guided a new style of philanthropy that sought to invest in bold approaches to address the root causes of complex social problems.
For Ewing Kauffman, the joy of celebrating his birthday each year came from the chance to share it with family, friends, associates at Marion Labs, and fans at the ballpark.
We are thrilled to celebrate the Kauffman legacy with you this year.
We hope that by recalling Ewing Kauffman we can inspire others to build a legacy of their own.