Brief History of our founding

The New Frontier Educational Foundation was founded in 2016 with the goal of helping students achieve their academic and career plans, both during and after graduating from Frontier Schools. Dr. Patricia Smith of Warrensburg, MO was retained to guide the organizing group through the process of forming a not-for-profit corporation. The initial founders of New Frontier Educational Foundation were: Gregory Rieke, Jennifer Watson and Ugur Demircan. Bylaws and Mission Statement were drawn up, based upon input from local foundations of a similar nature. Articles of Incorporation were filed and approved by the Missouri Secretary of State in February of 2016.


In the April of 2016 a group of community leaders and advisors was convened to provide guidance to the founders of the foundation and to suggest measures to make it optimally effective. This initial “listening session” provided many helpful suggestions for the board of directors who were recruited from among this group. The first meeting of the newly organized board occurred on April 11, 2016 where officers were elected and the Bylaws and initial policies of the board were approved. In November of 2016 the Internal Revenue Service granted the foundation a 501(c)3 tax exemptions for gifts and grants donated for its operations. During the years 2016 and 2017 a new board of directors was seated to commence purposes and objectives laid out in Mission of the foundation.

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Our Mission

The Mission of the New Frontier Educational Foundation is to provide enrichment and educational opportunities
for the students, faculty and staff of the Frontier Schools of Kansas City, over and above the resources provided by state,
federal and local budgetary resources, and to encourage lifelong learning as a principal aim of life.