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:
Jerry D. Reece, Chair
Chairman Emeritus, ReeceNichols Real Estate
Warren K. Erdman, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President of Administration & Corporate Affairs, Kansas City Southern
Bob Regnier, Secretary
Vice-Chairman, Bank of Blue Valley
Kent W. Sunderland, Past Chair
President & Trustee, Sunderland Foundation
Retired President, Sprint Foundation
William M. Lyons
Director, Morningstar, Inc.
Lindsey Patterson Smith
President, Patterson Family Foundation
Ryan D. Rapp
Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations & Chief Financial Officer,
University of Missouri
Nelson R. Sabates, M.D.
President and CEO, Sabates Eye Centers
President, Sherman Family Foundation
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
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 (deceased)
Thomas M. Bloch
Terrance P. Dunn
Gary D. Forsee
Darcy A. Howe
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
Amanda Davis MPA, CFRE
UMKC Foundation Board Meetings
- January 26, 2023
- April 27, 2023
- July 26, 2023