With 16,000+ students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries, the UMKC community is enriched by their diverse perspectives. Sometimes these students need extra support on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career.

You can contribute to a specific area of need that will directly help students, including:


Scholarships are essential to sustaining the dynamic mix of students that contributes to the best possible learning environment for our campus community. Scholarships provide greater opportunities for talented students who cannot afford the full cost to attend UMKC. Your gift will enable UMKC to continue educating engaged local and global citizens and leaders.

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Travel Stipends/Study Abroad Funding

Students find coursework in a foreign country stimulating and their encounters outside the classroom educational and exciting. Students also return to UMKC with a broader, deeper understanding both of another country and of their own cultural background. UMKC offers hundreds of programs in more than 60 countries that are consistently in need of donor funding. In addition, travel stipends allow students to benefit from attending educational workshops, conferences and competitions.

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Student Involvement

The mission of the UMKC Office of Student Involvement (OSI) is to engage students in a vibrant campus community through holistic, co-curricular experiences. OSI assists students in getting involved with one of the more than 300 campus organizations and leadership opportunities.

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Women’s Center

The Women’s Center’s mission is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large. The Center facilitates student development through co-curricular experiences, offers programming and services that promote student success, and fosters awareness of the effects of gender roles on women and men.

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Community Involvement Fuels Corporate Giving

While some corporate giving programs focus specifically on the organization’s specific range of interests, Polsinelli, a law firm with its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., has a giving policy grounded in individual involvement. (more…)

Noble Dedication to Education

Elizabeth Noble, Ph.D., has a long history with the UMKC School of Education. (more…)

Going to the Chapel and We’re Giving to the Roos

Philanthropy and community have always been important to UMKC Chemistry Department Chair Kathleen Kilway so when she recently got married to Marshall Miller, it was a no-brainer to have guests donate to charity instead purchasing gifts. (more…)

Donor’s Dedication to Art and Business Inspires Giving

From the time Harrison Jedel established his foundation in 2011, his main focus was to live a frugal life while investing aggressively so that his foundation would be large enough to make a difference, remembers Jedel Family Foundation President Don Hubbs. Upon his death in 2016, he seeded the Jedel Family Foundation with $27 million, an art collection and a 1994 Windstar. (more…)

Leading with Appreciation

At the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation we are grateful for our donors.  We consider each contribution to UMKC – no matter the size – significant. (more…)

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