Vision, Mission & Approach

Our Vision

A society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.

Our Mission

To help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman.

Our Approach

In pursuit of this mission, we will abide by key principles espoused by our founder:

  • Identify opportunities where application of the Foundation's people, ideas, and capital can benefit society in significant and measurable ways.
  • Develop innovative, research-based programs leading to practical, sustainable solutions that are widely accepted and implemented.
  • Treat the Kansas City region as a program incubator where feasible, in which new approaches can be tried and tested before being disseminated nationally.
  • Partner with others to leverage our resources and capabilities while avoiding the creation of dependency.