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Real World Learning storefront

The Kauffman Foundation houses, operates, and funds 1 Million Cups, Kauffman FastTrac, and Real World Learning, which drive impact for our strategic priorities: college access and completion, workforce and career development, and entrepreneurship.

A business owner prepares for his shop to open

Our strategic priorities – college access and completion, workforce and career development, and entrepreneurship – reflect the heart of our mission, uplifting access to opportunities that help people achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity, regardless of race, gender, or geography.

Amplify attendees pose in front of the Amplify Conference backdrop

This year’s conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2024, at the Kauffman Conference Center: 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Call for Presenters Deadline for submissions: 11:59 p.m. CT July 22 We are looking for interactive presentations that: Engaging formats, innovative ideas, diverse perspectives, and a focus on impact are […]

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace addresses the crowd at USCM 2024 inside the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas hosted the 92nd annual United States Conference of Mayors from June 20-23 in Kansas City, Missouri. In partnership with Mayor Lucas, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation sponsored the kick-off party for the conference. The event, held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, provided the opportunity for Mayor Lucas […]

Chloe West

Chloe West is an administrative assistant for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and supports the Real World Learning team. Prior to joining the Foundation, West was a program coordinator with Wexford Place by Senior Star, where she scheduled and implemented 200 monthly programs for more than 80 memory care and assisted living residents. Earlier, she […]

Jeremy Hawkins

Jeremy Hawkins is a service desk analyst in Technology for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he provides technical assistance and support for the computer systems, equipment, hardware, and software used by associates. Previously, Hawkins was an onsite contractor with Technology Group Solutions and Umbrella Managed Services, providing help desk support for a wide range […]

Nicole Kowalewski

Nicole Kowalewski is an executive administrative assistant in Talent & Culture for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Previously, Kowalewski served as the team leader for student services for the College of Law in Sydney, Australia. Kowalewski has also worked as a customer service representative and accounting clerk with LivOn Laboratories in Henderson, Nevada, and as […]

Igniting potential. Driving progress.

A rigorous, community-informed strategic planning process centers the Foundation’s work on the intent of Mr. Kauffman by refining the priorities that affect equitable economic mobility.