Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared to succeed in college will go on to lead productive, economically independent lives. The Kauffman Foundation’s education work focuses heavily 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.
Ewing Kauffman recognized that his path to success could and should be achieved by many more people. In our entrepreneurship work, we develop and support programs that provide entrepreneurs with the education, tools, skills and connections they need to start and grow businesses. We also work to create a more entrepreneur-friendly environment, including lowering barriers to success and raising awareness of the important role entrepreneurs play in the economy.
Undergirding all of our work is an extensive research and policy program that is ultimately aimed at helping us develop effective programs and inform policy that will best advance entrepreneurship and education. To do so, our researchers must determine what we know, commit to finding the answers to what we don't, and then apply that knowledge to how we operate as a Foundation.
Kansas City was Ewing Kauffman's hometown and thus the Foundation is deeply committed to our community. In addition to our local education and entrepreneurship work, we support civic institutions and causes that are important to the Kansas City area. While rooted in our community, we also seek to make a national impact and have global reach.