Shawnee Mission Educational Foundation leaders tout high rankings in national study

Kimberly Hinkle, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Executive Director.
Kimberly Hinkle, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Executive Director.

The most recent report on educational foundations across the country from the Caruthers Institute suggests that in the Kansas City metro, the Shawnee Mission Educational Foundation may be in a class by itself.

The institute’s “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation” report released this week puts SMEF among the top ten educational foundations in the country in the division that ranked foundations with revenues between $500,000 and $999,999 annually. Caruthers ranked the top ten foundations out of 220 from districts across the nation in four divisions based on their annual revenue. No other district in the metropolitan area made the top ten lists. It marks the second year in a row that SMEF was the only area district to make the rankings.

“I think it’s a real testament to the community,” said Kimberly Hinkle, the foundation’s executive director. “So many of the foundations in the rankings are associated with district that have some of the largest enrollments in the country. To be ranked as high as we are and not be one of the largest district, it’s really amazing.”

The study is based on publicly available data in eight categories: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student, and the number of volunteers.

“The generosity of our friends, patrons and alumni allows us to support our students and teachers in the areas of arts, STEM, early childhood education, public safety and other innovative programs,” said Dan Schipfer, president of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Board of Directors in a statement. “We’re proud our foundation is ranked among the best in the nation, and are committed to keeping the support growing for the next generation of students.”