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. Let’s start with entrepreneurs, because without them – especially those from underserved communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 – economic recovery will be severely hampered. This Small Business Saturday support local business owners; get curbside, use their online platform, call them up and ask what’s new in the shop. And once we’ve done that, text REBUILDBETTER to 52886 to make sure policymakers know what new and small business owners need right now to keep their doors open, to continue to grow, and to give to the economy and their communities.
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.