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 work with entrepreneurs, empower them with tools and resources, and work to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.
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.
In September 2022, the Kauffman Foundation Board of Trustees formed a committee charged with selecting a firm to conduct a comprehensive national search for Kauffman’s next CEO. 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.