Jeff Kaufman is the oldest son of a mother and father who both only attended school through the eighth grade. He was raised in a ten foot by fifty foot trailer house and was lucky enough to be mentored by many people, including successful farmers and ranchers, coaches and corporate leaders. He was the first in his extended family to be able to attend college. He was fortunate to have athletic skills that allowed him to secure scholarship support at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota. Jeff lived on campus throughout his college career and worked several jobs to cover tuition expenses. All five of Jeff’s parents’ grandchildren have graduated from college with four-year degrees.

Susan Kaufman’s parents both received high school diplomas, but did not have further education. They successfully encouraged all six of their children to attend and complete college. Susan attended Montana State University and worked throughout her four-years to defray the costs of tuition. Jeff and Susan are proud that their two children have received degrees from the University of Iowa, and to the joy of their families both children and their spouses are very involved in their community.

Jeff and Susan were raised in Poplar, Montana, a small farming community of 1,400 residents located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. They have held their small town roots close to their hearts during their 37-year marriage. After a successful 35-year corporate career and thirteen relocations to various parts of the country, they have eagerly returned to their home state and settled in Bozeman, Montana. They are thrilled to build the Full Circle Foundation. Both Jeff and Susan received a tremendous amount of support from their families and others during their college experiences, corporate and personal lives. They have formed the Full Circle Foundation as a means to provide support to future generations of young people from small and underserved communities.