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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Established in 1966 in MO.

The foundation was established in the mid-1960s by Kansas City entrepreneur, baseball team owner, and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Ewing Kauffman's personal wealth provided the asset base for the foundation during his lifetime. The foundation has an asset base of over $1.7 billion.


education, mathematics, science


Giving limited to the U.S., with emphasis on the bi-state metropolitan Kansas City area (KS/MO) for K-12 education initiatives focused on math and science.

No support for international programs, political, social, fraternal, or arts organizations, and capital campaigns or construction projects.

No grants for fund endowments, or for special events.


Total giving: $17,666,000

Qualifying distributions: $17,666,000

Giving activities include:

$17,666,000 for grants


  • $1,100,000 to Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Kansas City, MO, in 2012. For Kauffman Foundation match of associate and trustee contributions
  • $330,000 to Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, CA, in 2012. To support the CODE:2040 fellows program, which provides minority engineers with immersion experience in Silicon Valley, setting them up for success in their own ventures, and paving the way for increased minority entrepreneurship nationwide
  • $250,000 to Teach for America, New York, NY, in 2012. To support the launch of innovative new ventures that address the root causes of educational inequity
  • $200,000 to Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 2012. To support Phase 2 of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society's Law Lab project
  • $180,000 to Urban Institute, Washington, DC, in 2012. To support the production and dissemination of research that is central to understanding the role of tax policy and its effect on innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the United States
  • $54,984 to Duke University, Durham, NC, in 2012. To support research to address immigrant entrepreneurship trends in the United States with a sample of companies started between 1996 - 2010
  • $20,000 to Ascension Catholic School, Overland Park, KS, in 2012. For general operating support
  • $10,000 to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, MO, in 2012. For general support for programming in effort to maximize the heightened interest in the museum created by the 2012 All-Star Game
  • $10,000 to Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Overland Park, KS, in 2012. For General operating support