The Kauffman Foundation is often referred to as one of the largest foundations in the United States – or as the world’s largest foundation devoted to  entrepreneurship. Both are true, thanks to Ewing Kauffman’s generosity and foresight. However, these “largest” factoids may give the false impression that the Kauffman Foundation can influence society just by virtue of our size or spending power. Kauffman Vision – A society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. Kauffman Mission – To help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of the founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman. Source: Kauffman Foundation website.

Kauffmann Foundation Report 2015 – Update

Small Businesses In US On The Rise, Reversing Six-Year Downward Trend. a new report that tracks small business activity and ownership in the United States. Though the number of established small businesses is increasing, the gain remain below pre-recession levels and just above the historical norm. e.j. reedy kauffman foundation. The Main Street Entrepreneurship Index is an indicator of main street business activity, presenting trends over the past two decades, focusing on established small businesses (firms older than five years with less than 50 employees) and trends in ownership rates. The Index measures business activity along two distinct and complementary dimensions: the rate of business owners in the economy, which is the percentage of adults owning a business in a given month – and established small business density, the ratio of established small employer businesses to the person population in the economy.

Kauffmann Foundation 2016

In pursuit of their mission, the Foundation 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