Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation



The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman.

The vision of the foundation is to foster a society of economically independent indviduals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. They carry out their vision through the four programmatic areas: Entrepreneurship, Advancing Innovation, Education, and Research and Policy.

They focus their grant making and operation on two areas, advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.

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Recent News from Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


Women-led ventures vie for $50K in pitch competition with more than prize money on the line
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Finalists in this week's debut HI-HERImpact pitch competition say the virtual event offers Kansas City's female social entrepreneurs an opportunity...more

Kansas startup founder, Pipeline fellow among finalists in NXTSTAGE healthtech competition
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Wichita Community Foundation

... is supported by the Talent Ecosystem Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and NetWork...more

Good to Know! Proposals Calling for Regulation of the Philanthropy Sector
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Prompted by discussions within the philanthropic sector about a proposal being floated by philanthropist John Arnold and law professor Ray...more

$100K in microgrants awarded across 23 struggling, but resilient minority businesses
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The fund, supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and ... Entrepreneurs and businesses supported through the fund's grant...more

LEANLAB boosting its K12 Fellowship with $2M in new Chan Zuckerberg, Gates Foundation grants
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Buoyed by a fresh $2 million in high-profile grants, LEANLAB Education is resuming its innovation research program for schools — this year,...more

100 requests in two hours: $100K resiliency fund closes applications for minority biz relief grants
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Overwhelming response to a new resiliency grant fund for minority-owned businesses hit by COVID-19 exposes a humbling reality, said Sarah...more

UMKC Innovation Center launches grant program for minority businesses
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Now with financial backing from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, UMKC ... The $100,000 fund will provide grants to at least 20...more

3 Foundation Leaders On How Philanthropy Can Support Inclusive Small Business Recovery
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Some leading philanthropic foundations are already heeding the call. For example, recognizing the urgency of the COVID-19 moment, the...more

Rise Up, Get Started winners: Building a second chance as job market sputters
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Shumaker Family Foundation

The Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Competition — an initiative of the social enterprise Determination Incorporated, led by Smith —...more

Most Successful Black Entrepreneurs in 2020
Foundation: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The journey of Black business ownership in 2020 is a mixture of prosperity and acceptance of lingering societal roadblocks to progress. Those...more



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Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a 1970s book by author Paulo Freire, envisions a world not as a given reality, but as “a problem to be worked on and solved.” That mentality is often applied to the greatest social entrepreneurs.




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