Our vision is a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. Our mission is to help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of our founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman.
In keeping with our founder’s wishes, The Kauffman Foundation focuses our grantmaking and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship, and improving the education of children and youth.
In education, we develop and support programs that prepare children and youth from underserved communities to graduate high school and attain a post secondary education. Our work is concentrated in four main areas:
- Supporting a diverse group of schools in Greater Kansas City that serve as proof points of high academic achievement for low-income children
- Supporting programs and initiatives that attract, develop and retain the best possible talent to work in Greater Kansas City’s education sector
- Supporting a portfolio of outcomes-based career and college readiness programs to help children in Greater Kansas City finish high school and receive a post-secondary education
- Supporting research, evaluation and dissemination of best practices for improving academic achievement in greater Kansas City
- Academie Lafayette Charter School
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Charter School
- First Robotics and Project Lead the Way
- Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
- Kansas City Freedom Schools
- Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
- KIPP Endeavor Academy
- Leading Educators
- Missouri College Advising Corps
- Missouri Public Charter School Association
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
- National Council on Teacher Quality
- Teach for America