Kansas City

From our home in Kansas City, we work on initiatives that seek to better the quality of life for all residents.

In addition to our local education and entrepreneurship work, we also support important civic causes that help make our community a better place. We provide significant grants to key Kansas City institutions and sponsor programs and events for a host of local organizations.

Our K-12 education initiatives prepare underserved urban students for success in college and careers. We're also actively building a healthy entrepreneurial community.

What's New in Kansas City

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

New Report Examines Entrepreneurship in Kansas City

The Kauffman-sponsored “We Create KC” report is organized around six imperatives identified as key areas of development in the region’s efforts to nurture entrepreneurship and economic growth.

AUGUST 27, 2014

Behind the Scenes at TEDxKC

A Kauffman Foundation video goes behind the scenes at TEDxKC to follow Jase Wilson, winner of the 2014 TEDxKC Challenge to present an idea with the power to change the narrative in Kansas City.

AUGUST 27, 2014

1 Million Cups

Entrepreneurs present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers, and fellow entrepreneurs in cities around the country.

AUGUST 09, 2014


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

JUNE 30, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Live Presents ‘Getting to WOW’ with Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Bill Reichert

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Reichert shares new rules for successful innovation and entrepreneurship at a free Kauffman Founders School Live presentation on July 2.

JUNE 29, 2014

Kauffman Founders School LIVE with Anita Newton at Maker Faire KC

Kauffman Founders School contributor and marketing expert Anita Newton shares her expertise at Maker Faire Kansas City.

JUNE 28, 2014

Maker Faire: Kansas City

This family-friendly event at historic Union Station demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating.

JUNE 27, 2014

Kauffman Grant Boosts Journalism at KCUR

This new grant will give public radio station KCUR-FM resources for another major investment in its local news staff.

JUNE 18, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Live to Feature Marketing Expert Anita Newton at Maker Faire: Kansas City

Marketing expert Anita Newton will provide entrepreneurial marketing insights specifically for makers at 12:30 p.m. CT on June 29.

JUNE 18, 2014

White House Holds First-Ever Maker Faire

The White House hosted its first-ever Make Faire on June 18, 2014, a day that the President declared a “National Day of Making.”

JUNE 10, 2014

Mayor James Celebrates with Startup Community at Entrepreneur Day at the K Tailgate

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James plays tailgate games with the startup community during "Entrepreneur Day at the K" sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and Sprint.

JUNE 10, 2014

Entrepreneur Day at the K

E Day @ the K -Pregame Tailgate at Kauffman Stadium with Kansas City entrepreneurs and community leaders.

JUNE 09, 2014

1 Week KC

Kansas City’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship is being held June 9-15, 2014. For the third consecutive year, 1Week KC will feature a series of local events to help build even greater awareness of and support for entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the Kansas City region.

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 31, 2014

CityCampKC 2014

KC's annual civic unconference. Civic-minded folks gather for a day of discussing, imagining and building.

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 29, 2014

Kauffman Founders School Live: Daniel H. Pink

In his presentation, Daniel Pink will offer a fresh look at the art and science of sales when he shares insights from his book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others