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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.
- $280 million in vested in Kansas City from 2008–2012 or 67 percent of total Foundation budget.
- Significant employer of more than 200 local jobs.
- Strong civic citizen, providing tens of millions of dollars in support to Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City Public Library, Union Station, Liberty Memorial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and more.
- Sponsor 50+ fundraising events a year to support local nonprofits.
- Offer enriching resources for the community:
- 293,500 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
Ewing Marion Kauffman School
Public charter school opened in 2011 in KCMO. At full capacity will serve 1,100 students from grades 5–12. After year one, the first class of 5th graders averaged two or more years of academic growth in reading, math, and science. A permanent campus for the school opened in August 2013 at 63rd Street and The Paseo.
Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
College prep and access program serving more than 1,500 students in KCMO and KCK from 8th grade through college who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend college.
Teach for America
Placed more than 430 talented teachers in district and charter schools in the Kansas City urban core, reaching some 12,000 students
KC STEM Alliance
Umbrella organization for FIRST Robotics and Project Lead The Way programs, serving 15,000 students in 95 schools in 32 local school districts and utilizing 600 volunteers
Kansas City Education Funders Collaborative
Formed in 2011 with 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.
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. Launched in 2011 and offered
at 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 in a handful of cities, with 20 cities expected to offer it by year-end 2013.
Festival at Union Station showcasing products and ideas
from inventors and "makers." Last year, Kansas City's
Maker Faire attracted 300+ makers and 10,000 visitors.
KU Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation
Nationally recognized proof-of-concept center, KU's Institute for
Advancing Medical Innovation works to commercialize medical
discoveries. One of Kauffman's largest entrepreneurship grants.
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.
Kauffman's online destination for finding business
competitions and connecting entrepreneurs and their
ideas with a network of other founders, mentors, and
advisors. Nearly 13,000 business ideas live on the portal.