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.
The giving season is upon us. As we buy gifts for our loved ones, let’s also remember entrepreneurs and small business owners. Unless we support them – especially those in the underserved communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn – our nation’s economic recovery will be severely hampered. This holiday season, support local business owners by ordering from their websites, getting curbside pickup, or calling them to ask what’s new in the shop. Once you’ve done your shopping, you can help in another way: text REBUILDBETTER to 52886 to let policymakers know you support ensuring new and small business owners get what they need to keep their doors open and keep our communities and economy growing.
Success that ensures the opportunity of prosperity for all can’t be achieved within broken systems; true success will only come from systems we rebuild better.
As the nation suffers through more tragedies of racial injustice, we must focus on both short-term and long-term solutions; true equity and inclusion will only come from systems we rebuild better.
Kauffman Conversations bring together people to share their lived experience and expertise to expand understanding of relevant issues.
The Risk Optimistic explores the value of risk, the opportunity of risk, and the belief that taking a chance is worth it.
Let each of us own our success, exhibit the risk-taking, grit, and determination it takes to forge our own paths to define and achieve it, but with the recognition that we don’t get there alone.
In a country born out of the notion of individualism, our greatest strength can actually be our interdependence.