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Kauffman Education Fellowship

Kauffman Education Fellowship

Strengthening engagement in education

Kauffman Education Fellows are local leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to improve education


2018 – Pilot Fellowship Class
2019 – Second Fellowship Class
2020 – Third Fellowship Class
2020 – 2nd optional year launches

Founded in 2018, the Kauffman Education Fellowship empowers community leaders to make a real difference in education. Over the course of a school year, Fellows examine pressing issues in education, explore equity in schools, and learn the fundamentals of community organizing.

Watch: “Kauffman Education Fellowship – Strengthening Engagement in Education” | 3:45”

At the conclusion of the 2019-2020 program, 97% of Fellows reported a better understanding of education in the Kansas City region, and 100% stated they are dedicated to advocating for quality education.

Currently open by invitation only, the Fellowship is comprised of diverse leaders in the Kansas City area from the nonprofit, corporate, and faith sectors.

Fellowship Results 2020-2021


of 1st year Fellows

better understand education in KC


of 1st year Fellows are more likely to

advocate for quality


of 2nd year Fellows

engage very frequently in education


of 2nd year Fellows

turn to other Fellows for support

The Kauffman Education Fellowship provided me with more pragmatic tools, relationships, and experience to responsibly and sustainably serve our community.

— 2019 Fellow