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Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Conference Center

The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center is a nationally recognized convening site located adjacent to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation offices in Kansas City, Missouri.

Updated May 6, 2022: The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center will reopen on Monday, May 16. We will be operating at 100% meeting room capacities and will have a new menu and updated guidelines available.  Instructions and information on the vaccination policy can be found below. You can submit a Reservation Request Form at the link below for any new meetings requests or reach out to staff with questions at 816-932-1050 or Contact Us. We look forward to seeing you soon.


This facility welcomes 75,000 thought leaders per year to an atmosphere of candor and purpose, where innovative thinking and dialogue lead to action.

Royals Giveaway
The Royals Ticket Giveaway invites local nonprofits to receive tickets for the children they serve.

The work we do would not be possible without our vast social network of grantees, partners, experts, and practitioners. We help cultivate these relationships by playing the role of convener, bringing together local, national, and world leaders to share innovative thinking and engage in dialog related to entrepreneurship and education. The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center is an invaluable asset in facilitating this dialogue.

AIDS Memorial Quilt
The Conference Center hosts a display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Created for those who pursue the principles and vision of the Kauffman Foundation set forth by our founder, Ewing Kauffman, the Conference Center provides a stimulating climate to think creatively and grow the entrepreneurial spirit.

Blending flexible conference facilities and advanced technology with comfortable amenities and a friendly atmosphere, the Conference Center is conducive to groups seeking to educate and inform, build consensus, influence public policy, and document and disseminate results.

The Conference Center offers:

  • Event planning assistance
  • 10 rooms offering variable configurations
  • Audio/visual technology
  • Seating for 200 to 250 in the Town Square, and nine other rooms with capacities from 10-80 people
  • Six days a week operation
  • Exclusive on-site catering

Contact the Conference Center:

Phone: 816-932-1050

Conference Center Hall
Learn more about the life and legacy of Mr. Kauffman in the wall display outside Brookside Room.

Map of Space

Kauffman Conference Center
The entrance to the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The lobby of the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, featuring three AIDS Memorial Quilts from the NAMES Project.
Conference Center Lobby with the AIDS Memorial Quilts from the NAMES Project on display.
A large conference room featuring circular, cloth-covered tables which seat 200 people, and a stage with podium and another panel table at the front.
Town Square room with tables on stage for panelists.
A large conference room featuring circular, cloth-covered tables which seat 200 people, and a stage with podium at the front.
Town Square room, which has several different set-up options available, is set up with rounds to seat 200 people.
A larger conference room featuring seats for 72 people, a standing podium at the front, and a multi-wall mural featuring iconic sights from Kansas City.
Kansas City room, which has several different set-up options available, is set up as theater for 72 people.
A larger conference room featuring classroom-style tables that seats 48 people. A standing podium is at the front.
Troost room, which has several different set-up options available, is set up with squares of 6 for 48 people.
A larger conference room with several tables, with enough seats for 48 people. A standing podium is at the front of the room.
Paseo room, which has several different set-up options available, is set up as classroom for 48 people.
A smaller conference room with one table seating 12.
Loose Park room set up to seat 12.
A tiered lecture conference room that seats 66 people. A standing podium is at the front of the room.
Brookside room, which is a tiered lecture room that holds 66 people.
A conference room featuring a U-shaped table that seats 30. A panel table with microphones and podium are at the front of the room.
Brush Creek room, which has several different setup options available, is set up as a U-shape for 30 people.
A conference room featuring a U-shaped board table seating 22 people.
Plaza room with a U-shaped board table to seat 22.
A smaller conference room with a buffet table, which connects to an adjoining meeting room.
Gillham Park room set up as a buffet for the adjoining meeting room to use.

Directions

Address

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Parking is free of charge and located on the north side of the building. Please enter through the right-hand set of doors for the Conference Center.

Catering

Sluggerrr checks out the catering options.

The Conference Center is dedicated to providing catering services that offer superior quality, efficiency, and service. Food and beverages in the Conference Center are provided by our exclusive, on-site catering vendor.

No outside food and beverage is allowed in the Conference Center.

How to order catering services

To order catering services, contact the Conference Center at (816) 932-1050.

Catering orders are due three weeks out from the date of your event.

For large or unique events requiring special food orders beyond the standard menu, please contact the Conference Center to arrange a planning meeting.

Final counts on catering orders must be provided no later than noon, three business days prior to the event.

Guidelines

Primary users of the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center include Kauffman associates; grantees currently receiving funds from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation or Muriel McBrien Kauffman Family Foundation; and other organizations invited by the Kauffman Foundation. The Conference Center is also available, through an approval process, for 501(c)(3) and state and local government organizations that are aligned with the Foundation’s key areas: educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.

Use of the conference center is free except for costs associated with catering.

For more detailed information about the use of the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, please read the Conference Center guidelines. For more information about the Kauffman Foundation’s COVID-19 vaccination policy for visitors, vendors, and Conference Center attendees, please read the one-pager.

Reserve Space

To request space in the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, please fill out the Reservation Request Form completely and submit it.

Organizations must be one of the following to be eligible to request space: a 501(c)(3); a state or local governmental agency; an active grantee of EMKF or MMKFF.

By submitting the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center Request Form, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to the Conference Center Guidelines.

Please be aware that submitting this form does not guarantee your reservation.