The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private foundation established by the late Ewing Marion Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories (now Aventis) and original owner of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club. The Foundation focuses its grant-making activity in two areas: Youth development and entrepreneurship. The foundation works toward a vision of "self-sufficient people in healthy communities."
In the 1980s Mr. Kauffman launched several operating programs that encouraged young people to stay in school and away from drugs. By the time Mr. Kauffman died in 1993, the foundation was engaged in grant-making partnerships in youth development, primarily in the urban core of Greater Kansas City, and in activities to accelerate entrepreneurship nationwide through the creation of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The foundation works in partnership with people who share our vision, passion, and outcomes for youth development and entrepreneurship. Our partners include nonprofit organizations, schools, community development corporations, colleges and universities, and other organizations that provide education, family support, youth services, community development, and entrepreneurship education.