The Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader foundation is a family foundation committed to the health, education and welfare of children in Greater Kansas City. This is a new foundation established in 2000 by Kathryn in memory of her husband of 55 years.During his lifetime, Edward tried hard to find and donate to charitable organizations that really assisted Kansas City residents. He had been blessed with a surplus of funds and felt a great need to give to those less fortunate. Many worthy organizations benefited from his generosity during his lifetime. After his passing in 1982, Kathryn felt it would be great tribute to his memory to continue this standard of giving.
For many years, she personally donated to some of his favorite charities as well as developing her own list to give to. In 2000, she decided to extend that giving into a foundation capable of serving those needs that would continue after her passing. The Mader Foundation is the result of this desire to serve Kansas City. Since Kathryn’s passing in 2006, Kathryn’s granddaughter and family continues to provide service to the children of greater Kansas City.
Kathryn and Edward were married in 1927 and lived in Kansas, where he had studied at KU. He worked briefly as a bookkeeper before deciding that his real interest was the stock market. He joined a brokerage firm early in 1929. Around 1944-45 he approached B.C. Christopher and Company, a grain firm, which did not have an equities and fixed income securities department. He offered to establish one on a no salary, commission basis. At his retirement in 1976 he was a senior partner with the firm.
The Mader Foundation has a strong desire to serve the children of this area in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong in mind and body and be able to serve the children in future generations of Greater Kansas City.