The Power of Partnership

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.”

Supporting Our Mission

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.

Philanthropic Opportunities

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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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  • Thank You

    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.
  • Leadership Donors

    $1,000,000 and up

    The Barstow School
    Sunderland Foundation
    Cassidy Rudman Towriss ’12 and Dan Towriss
  • Innovation Donors


    Kompass Kapital Foundation
    William T. Kemper Foundation–Commerce Bank, Trustee
  • Empowerment Donors


    The DeBruce Foundation
    Fry Orthodontic Specialists
    Graves Family Foundation
    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
    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 Us

Contact Jennifer Dreiling to learn more about philanthropic and partnership opportunities.

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    Jennifer Dreiling 

    Vice President Advancement

Contact Us

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