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Our Partners

We’re proud to partner with schools and organizations that are working to create excellent educational opportunities for Kansas City students.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which funds Kansas City PLUS, was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The foundation’s vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities. 

The Hall Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that makes grants to community programs in the greater Kansas City area.

Park University, a four-year, private, nonprofit, liberal arts institution has helped students break barriers to education since 1875.

The Sherman Family Foundation is dedicated to causes, in and around Kansas City, that enhance human dignity and unlock individual potential. It supports, protects and cherishes effective schools and education programs that focus on children who live in poverty. 

TNTP operates the national network of PLUS programs that Kansas City PLUS belongs to. TNTP launched the first PLUS program in Philadelphia in 2013, and now trains school leaders in seven sites nationwide.  A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP works at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on its six-part mission: placing student success at the center; leading in life and health sciences; advancing urban engagement; excelling in visual and performing arts; embracing diversity; and promoting research and economic development. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and see us on Instagram. You can also read our students’ stories at #UMKCGoingPlaces.

The Walton Family Foundation is working to expand opportunities and empower children and families with educational options. Since 1992, we have invested more than $1.3 billion in K-12 education and supported a quarter of the 6,700 charter schools created in the United States.

Our School Partners

Bishop Ward High School is the only Catholic High School serving Wyandotte County. It's mission is to provide a quality Catholic, college-preparatory education in a Christ-centered community that nurtures the body, mind, and the soul of each student.

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City is a tuition-free charter school located in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Its mission is to prepare students to excel in high school by providing an academically rigorous K–8 education. It is their vision to be the premier urban school serving Kansas City’s youth and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices.

Kansas City Public Schools aims to provide a quality education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career and life. Kansas City Public Schools will produce scholars who are high-achieving critical thinkers, prepared to succeed in a constantly changing world and engaged in the improving their communities. 

Lee A. Tolbert Academy is a charter school based upon integrity, respect, and character – both for students and staff. Children develop positive habits, in their studies and in their life, by example and through daily practice. Students are given a fair opportunity to learn – and to be heard – feeling empowered in their desire and motivation for education. Small size classes with large modern size classrooms provide an ideal educational environment.

We're still adding school partners, so please check back for the latest additions.

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