Kauffman Foundation Announces Grant of $4 Million to Kansas City Public Library

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Henry Fortunato
Kauffman Foundation Announces Grant of $4 Million to Kansas City Public Library Kauffman Legacy Fund grant will expand community education programs and establish an entrepreneurs’ resource area

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced a $4 million Legacy Fund grant to the Kansas City Public Library to support and enhance its exceptional community education programs.

“The Kansas City Public Library is an important community resource, and the Legacy Fund grant highlights our commitment to providing education to Kansas Citians of all ages,” said Carl Schramm, Kauffman Foundation president and CEO. “We’re proud of the innovative work and entrepreneurial spirit that animates our hometown library.”

With the grant, the Library will build upon its programs and events featuring historians, novelists, economists, journalists and public policymakers. Recently named one of the five best libraries in the nation by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Kansas City Public Library aims to become the city’s leading center for civic engagement, public dialogue and lifetime learning in the liberal arts.

A portion of the grant will be devoted to establishing a new entrepreneurs’ resource space within the Library system, as well as creating programs focused on the themes of entrepreneurship and innovation.

“We are truly honored to receive this generous grant from the Kauffman Foundation,” said Crosby Kemper III, director of the Library. “This award validates our decision to emphasize quality public programming as one of the signature offerings of the Kansas City Public Library and is further recognition that we are making a major positive impact on the cultural and civic life of this community.”

With this latest grant, the Kauffman Foundation has committed a total of $6.75 million in Legacy Fund grants in 2008. Last month, eight Kansas City institutions received a total of $2.75 million in Legacy Fund grants at a special ceremony in honor of what would have been Ewing Kauffman’s 92nd birthday.

Established in 2004 by the Board of Trustees of the Kauffman Foundation, the Kauffman Legacy Fund selects innovative programs, initiatives and projects that hold promise for advancing the civic welfare in the community. The Kauffman Foundation has given more than $16 million to area organizations through the Legacy Fund since the Fund’s inception.

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has more than $2.4 billion in assets. More information is available at www.kauffman.org.

Additional contacts:
Joy Torchia, Kauffman Foundation: (816) 932-1045 or jtorchia@kauffman.org

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