News Release

Emily Bahnsen Hired to Lead Kum & Go Philanthropic Efforts

June 26, 2018

Emily Bahnsen(West Des Moines, Iowa) Emily Bahnsen recently joined Kum & Go as philanthropy manager, and will manage Kum & Go’s philanthropic giving programs, including the company’s annual United Way and Habitat for Humanity campaigns, grants and in-kind donations. Bahnsen will also work closely with the Krause Family, owners of the Kum & Go convenience store chain, on their personal philanthropic efforts.

Bahnsen joins Kum & Go from Wells Fargo, where she was a community affairs consultant. Prior to Wells Fargo, she spent 13 years at the Des Moines Arts Center in a variety of roles, most recently as development director, a role to which she was promoted in 2009.

“We’re excited to have Emily join the team and help us continue the legacy of giving established by my father and grandfather nearly 60 years ago when they started the company,” says Kyle J. Krause, chairman & CEO of Kum & Go. “Her skills and expertise in the non-profit and philanthropic communities will be invaluable as she takes the reigns as philanthropy manager.”

In addition to her work at Kum & Go, Bahnsen is a member of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Funders Forum. She also volunteers her time with the Young Women’s Resource Center Young Empowerment Partnership board, Business Volunteer Council, and as a reading mentor for Everybody Wins Iowa.

Kum & Go has a long history of social responsibility, giving 10% of profits to charitable organizations which serve our associates and customers. In 2017, Kum & Go demonstrated its Caring core value by giving to nearly 300 nonprofit organizations through financial, in-kind, and volunteer support. To learn more about Kum & Go’s philanthropic efforts, please visit

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).