Who We Are

Established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.

About Us

  • Created and endowed by Ewing Marion Kauffman (1916-1993), a successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur, baseball team owner and philanthropist
  • Focused on education and entrepreneurship

We strive to have a national impact and global reach by working together with communities around the country to create opportunities and connect people to the tools they need to shape their futures and be successful.

We believe that opportunity lies in the fields of education and entrepreneurship — which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum.

All of the money in the world cannot solve problems unless we work together. And if we work together, there is no problem in the world that can stop us, as we seek to develop people to their highest potential.
— Ewing Marion Kauffman