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 overall goal is that students of all ages in Kansas City are prepared for learning, work, and life after graduation, enabling them to be economically independent, contributing members of their communities.
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.
We provide grants to organizations that break down barriers to provide people with the necessary skills throughout life to make or take a job, and ultimately give back to their community.
Learning through measurement and evaluation help us better support programs that improve education, boost entrepreneurship, and help Kansas City 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.
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.
At the Kauffman Foundation, our mission remains as we work with our communities to find our way through this challenging time. Here is the latest on our response to the COVID-19 crisis:
In a country born out of the notion of individualism, our greatest strength can actually be our interdependence.
Even in times of distress, entrepreneurs will step up to help build community with interdependence as its foundation. A community of new rituals and habits, of well-being, and with the commitment to fair play that invests in all of its people, and especially those who have been left out and left behind.
America can’t afford to lose its small business sector; government, at all levels, needs to listen to entrepreneurs and prioritize solutions that support new and small businesses.
A panel of experts discuss how the school shutdowns caused by the pandemic is only making it more difficult for vulnerable students to receive a quality education.
Experienced business writer and editor Elizabeth MacBride took a risk to show how vital unsung entrepreneurs and small businesses are to the U.S. economy and became an entrepreneur herself. Then, the coronavirus hit.
As 1 Million Cups communities across the country become virtual, rather than in-person events, communities remain in-tact and entrepreneurs can stay connected.
The Start Us Up Coalition is activated and grantee projects are funded to make sure entrepreneurship is no longer an afterthought in policy.
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