The Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation believes a successful public education system depends on three pillars: motivated students, caring adults, and an engaged community. We are connectors, helping educators address the sometimes-competing interests of these stakeholders while embracing the unique tapestry of cultures, languages, belief systems, and socio-economic backgrounds the district serves. The Foundation funds excellence, because we see a direct correlation between KCPS student success and quality of life in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation was established in 2012 as a self-perpetuating, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote quality education in Kansas City Public Schools. The Foundation works in partnership with but financially independent of the district to provide supplemental funds for programs typically not funded by Kansas City Public Schools. The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of community leaders who are passionate about public education and committed to KCPS student success.
To secure and provide funds and resources to enhance student learning in the Kansas City Public Schools.
To be the trusted partner for securing resources and engaging the community in support of education in the Kansas City Public Schools.
The Foundation funds a variety of Educational Initiatives and Impact Programs that encourage innovation and support student enrichment. Donations are tax deductible, and contributions stay within the district. Donors can trust that the following programs have been fully vetted via a rigorous evaluation process.
One of the Foundation's most important goals is to foster big ideas KCPS educators have for driving innovation in the classroom. To that end, any district administrator, teacher, principal, therapist, or counselor can apply for a Foundation Instructional Grant to fund a qualified passion project, as long as the project's intended purpose aligns with the organization's defined funding priorities. Teachers, as well as other KCPS staff, can also add their own financial support to KCPS students by donating to the Foundation through payroll deduction.Apply For a Grant
KCPS employees are charged with the most important job: educating our children and preparing them for the future. We would like to encourage all KCPS staff to consider making a gift to the Foundation. Big or small, every contribution is important.Payroll Deduction
For more than 150 years, graduates of Kansas City Public Schools have served as living, breathing testimonials to the fact that greatness does not discriminate. Today, KCPS alumni hold positions of influence in education, government, and private industry across the metro and around the world. Our alumni success stories show how all things are possible through creativity, equal opportunity, and personal responsibility. The Foundation invites all KCPS MADE graduates to stay connected to the district through volunteerism, social events, and more.
While no one can do everything, it is the Foundation's belief that everyone can do something to help enrich the educational experience of KCPS students. Donors have a variety of options for sharing financial gifts.
Share one-time gifts of at least $10 online, or by contacting the Foundation directly. We accept checks, money orders, and most electronic forms of payments.
With a gift of $1,000 or more, donors may request the designation of KCPS Fellow.
Donors who wish to provide significant, ongoing financial support to the Foundation may do so through an endowment.Get Info