Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation invests in education entrepreneurship and the Kansas City, Missouri area. This funder's education program prioritizes underprivileged populations, and it has supported public, private and charter schools, as well as teacher education and education reform.

IP TAKE: Working mainly in the Kansas City, Missouri area, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation invests in education, entrepreneurship and regional issues. This foundation's education program works with public, private and charter schools toward improving outcomes for underprivileged students. It also invests in teacher education and organizations that promote education reform. This funder accepts applications through its online portal on an ongoing basis.

PROFILE: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, was endowed by Ewing Marion Kauffman, a pharmaceutical executive and former owner of the Kansas City Royals baseball franchise who "wanted to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education that would enable them to reach their full potential." To this end, the foundation invests in education, entrepreneurship and the greater Kansas City area. 

Kauffman's education program operates mainly in Kansas City and invests in "quality programs that support student success from pre-kindergarten through college." The program's sub-initiatives are early childhood education, postsecondary access and completion, teachers and leaders, quality schools and innovation and engagement. The foundation supports K-12 education mainly through the quality schools initiative, which funds public, charter and private schools. One public school recipient, the New Americans Academy, used funding to support English language learners as they adjusted socially, culturally and academically to life and school in the U.S. Additional support for K-12 education has been granted through the teachers and leaders program, which funds the Kansas City Teacher Residency, a program that links novice teachers to expert mentors as they pursue masters degrees in education. Kauffman's innovation and engagement program has supported Lean Lab, a local organization that brings educators and community members together to address the problems of underperforming schools and mobilize for change.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation supports schools and organizations in the Kansas City area; organizations operating in other areas are rarely funded. The foundation sets no limits to the dollar amounts of its grants, but considers "the scope of the project and the size of the organization" as it reviews applications. A grantee list is available on the foundation's grants page. Applicants may receive information about RFPs by subscribing to the foundation's newsletter, Ideas@work.

This foundation accepts applications for funding on an ongoing basis through its online application portal, which is available through its grants webpage.

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