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Impact Programs

KCPS Educator Grants

KCPS Educator Grants empower educators to bring to life education-related passion projects that impact learning across academic disciplines. Each year, the Foundation aims to award $50,000+ for activities that typically fall outside the district operating budget.

Teacher of the Year

Each year, KCPS recognizes the best of Team KCPS during the Teacher of the Year celebration. Each KCPS school nominates one teacher for consideration, and the Foundation provides a personal trophy, a traveling trophy for the teacher's school, and $5,000 to the district-wide winner. Runners-up receive a personalized trophy and a $1,000 classroom grant.

Annual KCPSFest School Supply Drive

KCPSFest is the annual back-to-school event through which community partners, local companies and volunteers donate time and dollars to help KCPS students get ready for the start of school. Attendees receive backpacks, uniforms, free lunch, immunizations, sports physicals and more.

KCPSEF State of the Schools Leadership Breakfast

Annual community breakfast fundraiser held each October celebrating KCPS Education Foundation-funded programs and their direct influence on the students, teachers, and parents in Kansas City Public Schools.

District Wide Educational Initiatives

While the KCPS Education Foundation is an independent foundation, we work closely with Kansas City Public Schools to ensure our efforts are aligned with the overarching goals for the district. The Foundation works closely with district Administration to ensure we fund initiatives that put support where it will make the most difference, in the schoolrooms where passionate teachers and committed principals are tirelessly working to meet the needs of bright, talented students.

Pass-Through Donations

The KCPS Education Foundation is committed to advancing educational excellence throughout the district. This funding priority encompasses a broad spectrum of essential components such as: Beyond the Four Walls Experiences, Teacher Empowerment, Fine Arts, Tutoring, and Support Staffing, Innovative Programs, Career & Technical Education, and Campus Enhancements. By channeling resources into these initiatives, we strive to create a comprehensive and enriching educational environment that nurtures student growth, supports teacher development, and enhances the overall quality of education across Kansas City Public Schools. Through strategic investments, we aim to contribute to the holistic success of our schools and the community they serve.