Moving beyond ideology is necessary to make sure every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures.
With expectations of an improving economy steadily increasing, the nation’s newest business owners’ confidence remained high in first-quarter 2014.
Enjoy a selection of photos from the life of our founder, Ewing Kauffman.
When Victor Hwang, vice president of Entrepreneurship, came to the Kauffman Foundation, it became very clear to him that there was a renewal happening in the heartland.It’s important to witness this grassroots resurgence first hand. We need to listen to the entrepreneurs who are making things happen in their communities. We want to hear their stories of how they are fighting day after day to build great businesses in the new economy and what barriers stand in their way. And we want to find out how a community can foster and support the entrepreneurial spirit.
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, which is based on the belief that regardless of race, gender or where they live, individuals have a fundamental right to start a business without confusion and artificial barriers.
At the recent 2017 Annual State of Entrepreneurship Address, the Kauffman Foundation issued a challenge, to policymakers, entrepreneurs and their supporters alike, to join the Zero Barriers movement to help clear the path for the makers, the doers, the dreamers. The post-Recession rebound is not reversing a long-term decline in startups; we are calling on everyone who fights for entrepreneurs to join us in breaking down barriers to rev up the startup rate. See what happens when more than 150 policymakers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders work together to solve challenges facing startups today.
Every Kansas City student deserves a great education. The Kansas City Leadership Cohort (KCLC) is seeking up to 10 instructional leaders who want to learn practice-based instructional strategies to empower leaders to drive teacher and student success. This unique partnership works with Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Academy Fellowship and includes ongoing training back in Kansas City.
Following a one-year pilot program in two Kansas City schools, City Year Kansas City officially kicked off in five schools in September 2016, making it City Year’s 27th site. The Kauffman Foundation partnered with a coalition of local community supporters to help bring the program to Kansas City.
Kauffman Scholars talk about giving back to the community during the next phase of the college access and scholarship program.
The Kauffman Prize Medal is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation to aid the Foundation in achieving its goal of building a body of respected entrepreneurship research and making entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field. The other programs are the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program and the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research.
Mr. Kauffman discusses his style of purposeful philanthropy that today serves as his legacy, guides the Kauffman Foundation and inspires others to build a legacy of their own.
After studying famous African-American authors, artists, scientists and politicians, Ewing Marion Kauffman School students shared what they learned with the public in a celebration of Black History Month on February 18, 2016. The school welcomed more than 500 visitors to the event, in which students turned back time and transformed themselves into historical figures. Guests heard from icons such as Bessie Coleman, Hattie McDaniel and George Washington Carver.
A panel of contributors present recommendations from “America’s New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda,” and policy leaders share their own insights.
Wendy Guillies, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation delivers the 2016 State of Entrepreneurship Address, "America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda"
U.S. Representative and Chairman of the House Small Business Committee Steve Chabot delivers remarks at the 2016 State of Entrepreneurship Address,"America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda"
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.
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.
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.
An overview of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Charter School.
Kauffman Scholars is a unique college access and scholarship program designed to help low-income urban students in Kansas City prepare for and complete a college education. But we don’t just hand over a check. Scholars commit to putting in the work it takes to earn a degree. That means academic advising, college tours, career coaching — even on weekends. The payoff is so much more than a diploma: It’s a dream realized.
K-12 education in Kansas City is transforming at its urban core. From welcoming innovative school models to investing in educators who can close the achievement gap for low-income children, this city is embarking on system-wide change at all levels.
This year, the Ewing Marion Kauffman School welcomes its first high school students. As the Kauffman School’s founding class, these students began with the Kauffman School in fifth grade, well behind their peers in math and reading. Through four years of hard work and determination, they have made tremendous academic gains and come to high school on track to become college graduates.
After establishing your career pathway in Kansas City, become an even better educator with these Kauffman Foundation-supported structures. Start your journey today!
Discover your path to innovate, teach, and change the lives of students in Kansas City. Whether you just completed your degree or are looking for a new challenge, Kansas City offers multiple pathways to give all children the quality education they deserve. Programs supported by the Kauffman Foundation will give you the chance to construct your own career in urban education. Take the first step toward building your career by learning more about available opportunities.
Education is rising in Kansas City. Every day, teachers and leaders are building a path for our students to receive the education they deserve. If you’re passionate about education innovation, you can make a difference for Kansas City’s kids. Start your journey today!
Students at Central Middle School on the first day of school received a high-powered welcome from City Year Kansas City members, along with the Kansas City Chiefs mascot, cheerleaders, and drum line.
See how Ewing Marion Kauffman School is achieving its mission of creating college graduates.
Aaron North, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Education, discusses the successes and shortfalls of teacher preparation. North suggests that the best teachers share a fundamental belief that all students can learn and meet high expectations.
One in a Million is a startup competition for companies that have presented at a 1 Million Cups before August 2, 2015. Fifteen finalists will come to Kansas City, all-expenses paid, to compete during Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 17-18, 2015.
The words of Ewing Marion Kauffman continue to inspire and guide the foundation that bears his name.
Amy Wilkinson, author of "The Creator's Code," describes key characteristics of today’s leading entrepreneurs.
Wendy Guillies, acting president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation delivers the State of Entrepreneurship Address 2015, "The Future of Entrepreneurship: Millennials and Boomers Chart the Course for 2020."
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker delivers the opening remarks at the State of Entrepreneurship Address 2015, "The Future of Entrepreneurship: Millennials and Boomers Chart the Course for 2020."
The future of entrepreneurship was the theme of the Kauffman Foundation's 2015 State of Entrepreneurship Address on Feb. 11, 2015, with a focus on two of the most significant demographic shifts in America today: the emergence of millennials in the workforce and aging of baby boomers.
As the largest generation in American history transitions toward traditional retirement ages, what effect will it have on entrepreneurship? Will Baby Boomers continue to start businesses into their 70s and 80s? Will Boomer entrepreneurs transition their businesses to the next generation?
A panel of policy experts present arguments for why we should be either pessimistic or optimistic about Millennials' and Boomers' contributions to entrepreneurship.
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet delivers the closing remarks at the State of Entrepreneurship Address 2015, “The Future of Entrepreneurship: Millennials and Boomers Chart the Course for 2020."
Ewing Kauffman and the adventurous spirit and entrepreneurial heritage of the Kansas City region are depicted in the 32 ft. x 8 ft. mural installed in the foyer of the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. With Ewing Kauffman at the center, the painting traces the region's history from its frontier roots as a trading post and features some of the notable men and women, including a selection of entrepreneurs, who played important roles in the development of the region.
Born from 1981 to 1997, Millennials represent approximately 85 million Americans today. By 2025, they could represent up to 75 percent of the American workforce. The oldest Millennials turn 34 this year, entering primer age, historically, for entrepreneurship.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James, through Turn the Page KC and in collaboration with The Family Conservancy convened a community conversation at the Kauffman Foundation aimed at elevating the “Talk, Read, Play” campaign.
The Kauffman Foundation's annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship brings mayors and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities.
Dane Stangler, vice president of Research & Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, discusses four persistent myths about entrepreneurship.
A Kauffman Foundation video goes behind the scenes at TEDxKC to follow Jase Wilson, winner of the 2014 TEDxKC Challenge to present an idea with the power to change the narrative in Kansas City.
With expectations of an improving economy steadily increasing, the nation’s newest business owners’ confidence remained high in first-quarter 2014, according to the Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index.
Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-founders and co-CEOs of Warby Parker, share practical advice for early-stage entrepreneurs
The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States. Up-to-date information is available at www.kauffmanindex.org.
The Kauffman Foundation addresses growing challenges in new business creation and economic dynamism at its fifth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address at the National Press Club in Washington.
Josh Mendelsohn, Engine co-founder moderates a discussion featuring "Washington Wonks" and "Policy Pundits" pitching their best policy ideas for entrepreneurial growth.
How do we get to a more prosperous American economy? Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Tom McDonnell outlines the key themes in the Foundation's "America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda" report.