Mission, Vision and Promise
To foster a culture that inspires philanthropy to achieve university priorities.
To be the valued and trusted partner that inspires, enlists and unites philanthropic support for Kansas City’s premier urban university.
Unite donors and dreams — We employ best practices in donor-centered fundraising, working to achieve the goals and dreams of the university. We respect donor wishes, adhere to philanthropic intent and administer gifts ethically. We are privileged to work with donors and are committed to treating them and their philanthropy with respect, fairness, professionalism and gratitude.
Operate with Integrity — We adhere to high moral principles and professional standards that find their origins in honesty and genuineness. We communicate clearly so all faculty, staff, students and community partners can be assured of our reliability and anticipate collaborating with us on important work.
Value our Team — We recognize our staff is a vital component of our work and shaping our future. We attract and develop the best talent, value each individual’s unique contribution, help each person achieve his or her full potential and celebrate diversity as a strength. We possess a strong work ethic and foster collaborative performance between our colleagues and partners — all of whom are an integral part of our team and success.
Deliver Excellence — We strive to provide the highest levels of service and stewardship to our constituents. We invest funds to assure long-term financial support to the university. We make every effort to manage our resources prudently and we stand accountable for our policies and results.
UMKC Foundation Board
The UMKC Foundation Board, the Foundation’s governing body, is comprised of the following business, community and civic leaders:
Kent W. Sunderland, Chair— President and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation
Jerry D. Reece, Vice Chair— Chairman Emeritus, ReeceNichols Real Estate
Robert D. Regnier, Secretary— President & CEO, Bank of Blue Valley
Kevin E. Bryant, Treasurer— Senior Vice President, Finance & Strategy and Chief Financial Officer of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
Thomas M. Bloch, Past Chair— Co-Founder and President Emeritus, University Academy
Warren K. Erdman— Executive Vice President, Administration and Corporate Affairs, Kansas City Southern
Darcy A. Howe— Managing Director, KCRise Fund
James A. Polsinelli— Shareholder, Polsinelli
Ryan D. Rapp— Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, University of Missouri
James D. Rine— President and CEO, UMB Bank
Nelson R. Sabates, M.D.— President and CEO, Sabates Eye Centers
Marny Sherman— President, Sherman Family Foundation
L. Joshua Sosland— President, Sosland Publishing
Frank J. Wewers— President, FLI-TEK Consulting, LLC.
C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.
Alan L. Atterbury
G. Kenneth Baum
Terrance P. Dunn
Gary D. Forsee
Thomas D. Hyde
Natalie “Nikki” Krawitz
Leo E. Morton
John J. Sherman
Elizabeth T. (Betsey) Solberg
Charles S. Sosland
R. Wayne Thompson, D.D.S.
Hugh J. Zimmer (deceased)
UMKC Foundation President
Lisa B. Baronio