A core component of the Foundation's education strategy is the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a public charter school offering students a rigorous college prep curriculum. Kauffman also supports new and expanding schools, school turnaround initiatives, and existing individual schools with proven or promising approaches for improving student outcomes.

Building on experiences from its 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

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.

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

Fund for Teachers

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

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.

SEPTEMBER 23, 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.