Our founder believed that youth who are prepared to succeed in college will go on to lead economically independent lives. In carrying out Mr. Kauffman’s legacy, our K-12 education efforts focus on helping underserved urban students achieve success.

In recognition of technology's important role in society, we also invest in initiatives that ready students for careers based in science, technology, engineering, and math.

While our education initiatives are concentrated in Greater Kansas City, our grants to organizations that train educators and groom leaders make a national impact.

What's New in Education

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

KC Education Speaker Series

We've partnered with the Kansas City Public Library to create a speaker series that brings leading thinkers in education to Kansas City audiences.

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.

APRIL 03, 2014

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Teachers Deserve a Comprehensive Support System

In an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dane Stangler, vice president of research and policy, and Aaron North, vice president of education, reveal issues behind Missouri's fractured educator retirement system.

MARCH 18, 2014

On KCPT: Educator Profile | Hannah Lofthus, Kauffman School CEO

KCPT profiles the Ewing Marion Kauffman School's new CEO Hannah Lofthus who has helped build the school from the ground up.

MARCH 06, 2014

Understanding Philanthropy is Key to Better Policy Decisions

John Tyler, Kauffman Foundation general counsel, says that nonprofit leaders should share their experiences about what works in philanthropy.

MARCH 03, 2014

Founding Principal of Kauffman School Promoted to CEO

The Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School today announce the promotion of the school’s founding principal and chief academic officer, Hannah Lofthus, to the role of chief executive officer.

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Reducing Complexities, Fragmentation of Missouri Teacher Pension Plans Could Benefit Urban School Districts

Research paper looks at Missouri pension systems as a microcosm of national challenges in meeting teacher retirement needs and includes recommendations.

FEBRUARY 21, 2014

Kauffman Provides Underwriting Support to National Public Radio

We're pleased to resume our national underwriting support of NPR and the insightful programming it brings to listeners each day.

FEBRUARY 21, 2014

As Heard on NPR

We renew our underwriting support of National Public Radio with a call to attract teachers to the Kauffman School.

JANUARY 29, 2014


StartupScholars is a new summer internship program that will pair Kauffman Scholars with early stage entrepreneurs in Kansas City. Through StartupScholars, student interns will have the opportunity to develop 21st-century workplace skills, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and contribute to the Kansas City community.

JANUARY 22, 2014

KC Startups Invited to Apply to Host KSI Interns

The new StartupScholars program seeks to place up to 100 current Kauffman Scholars in summer internships locally.

JANUARY 07, 2014

Keynote & Book Signing: Mandy Savitz-Romer, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Kauffman Scholars hosts Mandy Savitz-Romer, expert on college access and retention for urban students and co-author of "Ready, Willing, and Able."

JANUARY 07, 2014

Kauffman School Opens Enrollment for Fifth-grade Students

Enrollment of the next class of fifth-grade students for the Ewing Marion Kauffman School’s 2014-15 school year begins Jan. 8 and continues through March 7.

DECEMBER 11, 2013

Kauffman's Top Trending Content in 2013

The Kauffman Foundation’s most in-demand online content in 2013 ranged from reports on first-ever metro-area startup data, trailblazing entrepreneurship online curriculum and a provocative video “Sketchbook” featuring a Harvard educator’s insights on fixing schools.

OCTOBER 31, 2013

Kauffman Scholars Share Their Stories

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