Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared to succeed in college will go on to lead productive, economically independent lives. Our education strategy 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.

Building on experiences from our Kauffman Scholars program, the Foundation will provide postsecondary completion incentives, including scholarships, for more students in the Kansas City area. Kauffman also supports programs that attract and retain great teachers and leaders in our community.

What's New in Education

JANUARY 09, 2015

Kauffman Scholars Share Their Stories

Urban youth in the program talk about their challenges, hopes and dreams.

JANUARY 09, 2015

KC Education Speaker Series

A partnership between the Kauffman Foundation and the Kansas City Public Library, this speaker series brings leading thinkers in education to Kansas City audiences.

JANUARY 08, 2015

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Announces $2.5 Million in New Investments to Support Education Opportunities for Kansas City-Area Students

The Kauffman Foundation announces a set of new investments totaling $2.5 million to provide greater numbers of Kansas City-area students with incentives and opportunities to reach high levels of educational achievement.

DECEMBER 17, 2014

Missouri College Advising Corps

A national leader in providing advisory services to help underserved high school students identify “best fit” pathways that lead to postsecondary completion.

DECEMBER 17, 2014

Individual Schools

The Kauffman Foundation invests in individual schools that demonstrate the capacity to deliver strong academic outcomes for students in Kansas City.

DECEMBER 17, 2014

Fund for Teachers

Funded by the Kauffman Foundation, Fund for Teachers experiences transform teachers' careers and classrooms for years to come.

DECEMBER 16, 2014

Kauffman's Trending Topics in 2014: Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Ecosystems, K-12 Teacher Development and Baseball

2014 has been another year of prolific online content distribution for the Kauffman Foundation, which annually assesses what topics net the most attention as one way to gauge priorities among its entrepreneurship and youth education audiences.

DECEMBER 03, 2014

Leading Educators

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

NOVEMBER 18, 2014

States Find Their Own Way to Use Education Data in Research

Senior Data Analyst Christopher Laubenthal highlights several states finding efficiencies partnering with researchers to improve understanding of their education systems.

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

New Kauffman ‘Thoughtbook’ Explores Ideas That Drive Progress through Education, Entrepreneurship

First-time digital format features dozens of essays, interviews, photos and videos by Foundation leaders, associates and experts engaged in areas related to Kauffman’s mission

NOVEMBER 06, 2014

Kauffman Foundation Economists Revive Two Popular Blogs

After a hiatus to refresh content and direction, the Kauffman Foundation is re-launching the "Data Maven" and "Growthology" blogs that explore entrepreneurship and education trends and research.

OCTOBER 30, 2014

Highlights from Talk, Read, Play Community Conversation at the Kauffman Foundation

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.

OCTOBER 14, 2014

KC Education Speaker Series: Richard Whitmire

The author of "On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope," examines the rise and expansion of charter school network in this talk at the Kansas City Public Library.

OCTOBER 01, 2014

Applications Now Open for Kansas City Educators to Dream Big

The Kauffman Foundation renews its partnership with Fund for Teachers to help enrich the personal and professional growth of Kansas City's educators.

JUNE 06, 2014

On KCUR: With High Standards, Kauffman School Sets Example for Others

A story on KCUR examines the Kauffman School's high standards, adding outside commentary on whether or not local school districts can replicate its success.

MAY 14, 2014

Tom McDonnell to Leave Kauffman Foundation at End of 2014

Tom McDonnell, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, has announced he will leave the Foundation at the end of the year.

MAY 07, 2014

Education Speaker Series: Paul Tough

Paul Tough will discuss his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, on Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza

APRIL 11, 2014

In The Kansas City Star: Educator Pensions Impact Teacher Quality

What do teacher pension plans have to do with the quality of education? Michael Podgursky, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, explains.