The Power of Partnership

It’s a big IDEA. It’s innovative. And ambitious. We need your help to turn the idea of bright futures for all into IDEA Space KC.
Your support and partnership will make an immeasurable impact on our community’s future, and allow IDEA Space to open its doors and welcome Kansas City’s future workforce and leaders.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest learning disruption in memory. A generations’s academic progress and mental health are at risk and we must act now to prevent a worsening learning crisis. IDEA Space will play a vital and unique part in the region's educational recovery, a place where children can regain lost learning and build new knowledge and skills through hands-on, experiential learning essential for their success now and in the future. Your gift will allow us to empower learners and educators today to create the Kansas City of tomorrow.


Shane A. Foster, President, IDEA Space KC

“Words are not sufficient to express our thanks, as your gifts to IDEA Space are life changing for the young boys and girls of Kansas City.”

Philanthropic Opportunities

All gifts are wholeheartedly appreciated and will make an immense impact for students and educators in Kansas City. Thank you for your consideration.

Levels of Support

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  • Leadership Donor

    $1,000,000 or more
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  • Innovation Donor

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  • Empowerment Donor

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  • Collaboration Donor

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  • Enrichment Donor

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  • Exploration Donor

    Less than $999
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Our Partners

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  • Leadership Donor

    • The Barstow School
    • Sunderland Foundation
    • Cassidy Rudman Towriss '12 and Dan Towriss
  • Innovation Donor

    • Kompass Kapital Foundation
    • William T Kemper Foundation Commerce Bank, Trustee
  • Empowerment Donor

    • Fry Orthodontic Specialists
    • Deanna and Greg Graves Family Foundation
    • Beth and Bill Zollars
  • Collaboration Donors

    • Feist Charitable Foundation
    • JE Dunn Construction Company
    • Jennifer Gille Bacon and Charles Bacon 
    • The Ronald D Deffenbaugh Foundation
    • Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm
    • Mark One Electric Company  
    • Jennifer Thiessen Waldeck '90 and John Waldeck
    • Nancy Embry Thiessen '66 and Michael Thiessen
    • Joel Brous '88 and Carrie Brous
    • Westphal Family Charitable Foundation

Get Involved

Share your expertise with the next generation of leaders, makers and doers.

Work With Us

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  • After School/Weekend Course Instructor

    We have opportunities that fit your schedule.
  • Lab Technician

    Put your skills to work in the Makerspace, Technology Lab, Fabrication Workshop or Incubation Hub!
  • Online Teacher

    Work from home.
  • Program Assistant

    Assist an instructor in any of our program areas.
  • Propose a Camp or Course

  • Summer Camp Teacher

    More information coming this spring.

Be a Volunteer

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  • Professional in Residence

    Put your expertise to work helping to grow and diversity the next generation in your field.
  • Alumni Mentor

    From leading global STEM companies to successful local start-ups, we invite Barstow alumni to share expertise with today's students.
  • Community Learning Partner

    Support IDEA Space students and work with our partners and stakeholders on a variety of special projects.

Contact Us

Contact Jennifer Dreiling to learn more about philanthropic and partnership opportunities.
Contact Kellye Crockett to learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities.

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    Jennifer Dreiling 

    Vice President Advancement
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    Kellye Crockett 

    Vice President Innovation & IDEA Space
    (816) 277-0413

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