Bringing innovation to Missouri’s economic development strategy


The Missouri business community helping to build a more vibrant Missouri economy

The Hawthorn Foundation is a highly diverse group of Missouri leaders in business, education, economic development, healthcare and labor dedicated to the development of a vibrant economy for the state of Missouri.

The Hawthorn Foundation raises money from the private sector to fund four activities:

  • Trade Mission Support
  • Economic development marketing and business recruitment through the Missouri Partnership. The Missouri Partnership is the sole provider of economic development marketing for business recruitment for the State of Missouri.
  • Support for the Strategic Initiative for Economic Development
  • Support for the Study of Department of Defense Economic Impact in Missouri

Partners in Economic Development since 1981: DED and the Hawthorn Foundation combine funds for job creation.

Relationship to the Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development contracts with the Hawthorn Foundation for economic development marketing from the Missouri Partnership.

Continuing the Traditional Service

Since 1982, the Hawthorn Foundation underwrites trade mission travel expenses for the Governor. In addition, the Hawthorn Foundation also provides financial support for special needs and projects related to business development in Missouri.

Relationship to the Missouri Partnership

The Missouri Partnership is a subsidiary of the Hawthorn Foundation formed to market Missouri for new investment and job creation. Although the Foundation provides a significant portion of the funding, the Missouri Partnership is governed by an independent board of Directors. Leadership for the Missouri Partnership is drawn from the business community. To learn more go to

Legal Structure

The Hawthorn Foundation is a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit corporation. The original corporation was filed in 1981. Although the foundation was form to support the work of the Governor and the Department of Economic Development, it does not lobby or actively advance any political agenda.

Levels of Annual Investment

Board of Governors$50,000
Sustaining Member$25,000
Board of Directors$10,000
Associate Membership$5,000
Individual Membership$1,000

For more information contact

Margaret Onken, Interim Executive Director

P.O. Box 93
113 W. High Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102