Mission, Vision and Promise

Our Mission

To foster a culture that inspires philanthropy to achieve university priorities.

Our Vision

To be the valued and trusted partner that inspires, enlists and unites philanthropic support for Kansas City’s premier urban university.

Our Promise

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:


Thomas M. Bloch, Chair – Co-Founder and President Emeritus, University Academy

Kent W. Sunderland, Vice Chair – President and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation

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

Terrence P. Dunn, Past Chair – Corporate Director, Investor, Civic and Charitable Affairs


Warren K. Erdman  – Executive Vice President, Administration and Corporate Affairs, Kansas City Southern

Gary D. Forsee – Past President, University of Missouri System; Former CEO, Sprint Nextel

James A. Polsinelli – Shareholder, Polsinelli

Ryan D. Rapp – Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, University of Missouri

Jerry D. Reece – Chairman Emeritus, ReeceNichols Real Estate

Nelson R. Sabates, M.D. – President and CEO, Sabates Eye Centers

Marny Sherman – President, Sherman Family Foundation

L. Josh Sosland – President, Sosland Publishing

Frank J. Wewers – President, FLI-TEK Consulting, LLC.

UMKC Chancellor

C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.

UMKC Provost

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D.

Emeritus Directors

Alan L. Atterbury

G. Kenneth Baum

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


UMKC Foundation Interim President

Jay M. Wilson


UMKC Foundation Board Meetings