What We Do

We focus our grant making and operations on two areas — educational achievement and entrepreneurial success — which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, believed were critical in developing self-sufficient people and a vibrant economy and society.

  1. Programs
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    Programs


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    Leading Educators

    Leading Educators develops and leverages effective instructional leaders to measurably improve student achievement in high school.

  2. Research
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    Research

    Our research is contributing to a more in-depth understanding of what drives innovation and economic growth in an entrepreneurial world, and best practices for improving academic achievement in Greater Kansas City.

    Leveraging Regional Assets: Insights from High-Growth Companies in Kansas City

    "Leveraging Regional Assets: Insights from High-Growth Companies in Kansas City," says that more mentoring between experienced and startup entrepreneurs could add fuel to the region's business engine.

  3. Events
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    Events

    We aim to further our mission by hosting, sponsoring, and speaking and exhibiting at events locally, nationally, and internationally in order to share resources with entrepreneurs and educators throughout the world. 

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    Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

    Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

  4. Resources
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    Resources

    Beyond our extensive research, the Kauffman Foundation has developed and supported a variety of books, publications and other resources that furthers our work.

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    Entrepreneurship.org

    Entrepreneurship.org focuses on content and resources to assist and educate entrepreneurs, business mentors, policymakers, academics, and investors.



In our K-12 education work, which is focused in the Kansas City area with an emphasis on the urban core, we strive to support a diverse group of schools that serve as “proof points” of high academic achievement among low-income youth, develop and fund programs that bring the best possible teachers to Kansas City schools, and support outcomes-based programs that ready urban students for success in college and careers.

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.