Thank you for turning the idea of bright futures for all into IDEA Space KC.
We are grateful for the support and partnership that preceded our opening in July 2022. Hundreds of students throughout Kansas City are already participating in consistent and ongoing STEAM learning experiences, and building new knowledge and skills that will power Kansas City's future workforce.
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.”
IDEA Space is a nonprofit educational organization of The Barstow School. Donations made to The Barstow School, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, are tax-deductible as allowed by law. All gifts are wholeheartedly appreciated and make an immense impact for students and educators in Kansas City.
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Founding Year Donor
As a founding year donor, you will help open the doors at IDEA Space to all area students during our inaugural year. Your gift will cover initial operating costs, furnishings, transportation, curriculum creation, purchase and installation of technology, equipment, machinery and tools, and hiring and training a world-class staff.
Student Scholarship Donor
As a student scholarship donor, you make it possible for students from underserved communities to enjoy consistent and ongoing STEAM experiences during after school or summer courses. Your gift will include course fees, supplies, transportation and snack or lunch. Scholarships will be given to students from schools in high-poverty areas of Kansas City. Each scholarship is $250. You may choose to support one student or many.
Program Support Donor
As a program support donor, your contribution is a critical investment in the work and mission of IDEA Space. It allows us to build and strengthen community relationships with public and private school districts, home school associations, nonprofit organizations and community partners that would not otherwise have access to a STEAM learning center. These relationships allow access for students across Kansas City and provide professional development and training for teachers.
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IDEA Space completed a $9 million capital campaign during a global pandemic — and now, it serves a crucial and unique role in the region's educational recovery from related learning losses. We thank these donors for making our opening possible.
$1,000,000 and up
The Barstow School Sunderland Foundation Cassidy Rudman Towriss ’12 and Dan Towriss Anonymous
Kompass Kapital Foundation William T. Kemper Foundation–Commerce Bank, Trustee
The DeBruce Foundation
Fry Orthodontic Specialists Graves Family Foundation NorvaNivel William and Beth Zollars
Collaboration and Founding Donors
Jennifer Gille Bacon and Charles Bacon Joel P. Brous ’88 and Carrie Brous Ronald D. Deffenbaugh Foundation Feist Charitable Foundation Garmin JE Dunn Construction Kao Family Foundation Krause Family Foundation Mark One Electric Company, Inc. Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm JoZach Miller ’80 and Peter Bali Soni and Amar Patel Nancy Embry Thiessen ’66 and Michael Thiessen Jennifer Thiessen Waldeck ’90 and John Waldeck Westphal Family Charitable Foundation
Enrichment and Exploration Donors
Up to $14,999
Susan Belger Angulo ’76 and Thomas Angulo Amie and Brad Buckner Tim Cowden Kellye Crockett Jennifer and Scott Dreiling Polly and Shane Foster Kevin Jeffries ’74 and Laura Jeffries Stephanie and Michael Kulp Robert Legler and Kevin Dunn Quinton Lucas ’02 Amanda Morgan ’94 and Chad King Jason Press ’90 Ginger and Robert Rothhaas Radha and Ram Shankar Rochelle Stringer Peter A. Vrooman ’88 and Kenyon Vrooman Thomas F. Whittaker ’83 and Loren Whittaker William T. Kemper Trust, UMB
Contact Jennifer Dreiling to learn more about philanthropic and partnership opportunities.
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