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Mission, Vision, CREDO, and REDI


Our Mission

We seek to prepare people for success in their jobs and careers, so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity. Our work is grounded in the principles of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and is consistent with the aspirations of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman.

Our Vision

A society of economically empowered individuals contributing to the improvement of their communities.


As stewards of Ewing Marion Kauffman’s promise, our work is grounded in truth, racial equity, and learning. We will pursue impact, guided by dignity, humor, grace, humility, and openness.

Our Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Statement

While we come from different backgrounds, we share the same commitment to treat one another with dignity. We work alongside communities to end systems of privilege, fear, racism, and entrenched bias, including our own.

When one of us struggles, we all struggle. For this reason, we must hold each other accountable to create a place…

Where every person is seen.

Where every voice is heard for the intent and impact it carries.

Where every idea has an opportunity.

Where everyone belongs and knows acceptance.

Where our differences and discomforts make us stronger.

Where every race, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, nationality, ethnicity, ability, age, experience, and other identities we hold guide us on our imperfect path to a better foundation.