Fact Sheet

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Fostering economic independence by advancing education and entrepreneurship

  • Created and endowed by Ewing Marion Kauffman (1916–1993), a successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur and owner of the Kansas City Royals.

  • Private, nonpartisan foundation located in Kansas City, Missouri, with approximately $2 billion in assets.

  • Mission: To help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.

  • Deeply committed to Kansas City, while striving to have national impact and global reach.

  • $44 million invested in grants, program operations, and administration in Kansas City in 2013, or 81 percent of total Foundation expenditures.

  • Significant employer of more than 200 local jobs.

  • Strong civic citizen, providing support to Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City Public Library, Liberty Memorial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

  • Sponsor nearly 50 fundraising events a year to support local nonprofits.

  • Offer enriching resources for the community:
    • 305,000 guests to Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in last five years
    • 37-acre campus with public walking paths
    • Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden
    • Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Key Education Programs

Ewing Marion Kauffman School
Public charter school opened in 2011 in KCMO. At full capacity will serve 1,100 students from grades 5–12. The school's college-preparatory curriculum is designed to accelerate student achievement in reading, math, and science. Located at 63rd Street and The Paseo.

Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
College prep and access program serving more than 1,400 students in KCMO and KCK from 9th grade through college who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend college.

Teach for America
Since 2008, placed more than 510 talented teachers in district and charter schools in the Kansas City urban core, reaching some 10,600 students in 2013.

KC STEM Alliance
Umbrella organization for FIRST Robotics and Project Lead The Way programs, serving 16,000 students in 110 schools in 30 local school districts and utilizing 1,500 volunteers.

Kansas City Education Funders Collaborative
A partnership among Hall Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, and Kauffman Foundation to leverage resources for local education projects of mutual interest.

After-school and summer enrichment programs
Small grants (up to $50K) for nonprofits offering sustainable after-school and summer enrichment programs for young people, with an emphasis on the urban core.

Key Entrepreneurship Programs

Kauffman FastTrac
Courses to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. More than 350,000 people in KC and worldwide have taken a course since 1993. Noteworthy local FastTrac alums include Danny O'Neill of The Roasterie and Emily Voth of Indigo Wild.

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program
Online and classroom program that educates participants in fundamental elements of an entrepreneurial mindset. Offered by various organizations in Kansas City and globally.

1 Million Cups
Wednesday morning educational program at Kauffman Labs in which startups present their businesses to an audience of nearly 250 potential partners, mentors, and investors. Founded in April 2012, 1 Million Cups has been replicated across the country, with 23 cities hosting weekly events at year-end 2013.

Maker Faire
Festival at Union Station showcasing products and ideas from inventors and "makers." Kansas City's Maker Faire annually attracts 300 makers and 10,000 visitors. The event is held each June.

Kauffman Founders School
Online education program that enables entrepreneurs to learn anywhere, anytime. Leading experts present rich content that founders can immediately apply to their businesses.

Innovation Fund America
Launched in 2012 to position select community colleges around the nation (including Johnson County Community College) to find, fund, and mentor innovative local startups with the potential to grow.

Online destination for aspiring entrepreneurs to enter business competitions from around the world to test their ideas, gain exposure, and win prizes.

Based entirely on Kauffman research, the bipartisan Startup Act 3.0 was introduced to the U.S. Senate in 2013. Numerous Kauffman studies on the positive economic impact of a Startup Visa for immigrant founders have shaped the national immigration debate.

The Foundation also partners with and supports education research organizations, including Public Agenda, Mathematica Policy Research, and National Council for Teacher Quality, that focus their work on improving academic outcomes for students in Kansas City and across the nation.