Burns & McDonnell Foundation

Helping kids create something amazing.

The drive to strengthen communities is the heartbeat of Burns & McDonnell, in our work and with the Burns & McDonnell Foundation. Over the past few years, we’ve invested more than $5 million in grant programs that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

So why do we care so much about this cause? Every day, our employee-owners rely on STEM skills, passion and a lifelong curiosity to change the world. The opportunity to light the same spark and build the same foundation in kids? Well, that’s pretty amazing.

We believe the U.S. should be a place where kids develop the next great app or software and not just use it. We believe this is where STEM professionals will engineer a revolutionary water filtration system or design a building with zero environmental impact. With a strong foundation and ongoing support, it will happen. Together, we can spark an interest for students that can shape their path and resonate throughout their lives.

“After the last Battle of the Brains, our pre-engineering program saw a significant growth in student enrollment. We have been using aspects from the original program and continue to see interest.”
Diane Maddox, Leawood Middle School