Kauffman’s Currents features stories and insights that underscore the essential role of education and entrepreneurship in empowering all people to shape their futures, create vibrant communities, and grow an inclusive economy.
The Kauffman Foundation focuses on ensuring the Kansas City region’s education and learning opportunities are equitable, real-world relevant, and lead to economically-viable careers.
We seek to support the start and growth of new businesses through programs, policies, and practices that give rise to equitable access to entrepreneurship.
We continue Ewing Kauffman’s legacy by supporting institutions and organizations that eliminate barriers for all people to drive cultural, social, and economic impact in Kansas City.
Learning through measurement and evaluation help us better support programs that improve education, boost entrepreneurship, and help Kansas City thrive.
Associates of the Kauffman Foundation work in partnership with people who share a passion for entrepreneurship and education.
It all starts with access to opportunity for people to improve their lives. Our grantmaking, research, programs, and initiatives support the start and growth of new businesses, a more prepared workforce, and stronger communities.
The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center is a nationally recognized convening site located adjacent to the Foundation offices in Kansas City. This facility welcomes more than 75,000 thought leaders per year.
Our team is made up of connectors and doers who dream big, solve problems together with the communities we serve and take calculated risks to drive results.
May 31, 2023 | Update from the Board of Trustees: We are transitioning to more intentionally serve Kansas City, work more collaboratively, and prepare the Foundation so our new CEO can hit the ground running. Learn more >
The Kauffman Foundation helps unlock opportunity for all so that people can achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity – regardless of race, gender, or geography.
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We believe communities are strengthened with a prepared workforce, and new and growing businesses. We can rebuild systems to achieve equity and build trust for sustained and positive change.
We invest in organizations that help break down barriers to economic success.
Get stories, insights, and the uncommon voices of those who are shaping the future, creating vibrant communities, and growing inclusive economies.
We champion ideas and support solutions designed to improve education, boost entrepreneurship, and help communities and individuals thrive.
Ewing Marion Kauffman was an entrepreneur and humanitarian whose innovative and long-lasting contributions have benefited millions of people in his hometown of Kansas City and beyond.