Berkley Establishes Literacy Award for Educators

Focus on kindergarten through third grade literacy has long-term impact

Moved by the ramifications of children’s inability to read at grade level by third grade, Kansas City civic leader and dedicated education donor, Bert Berkley, has established an endowed fund of $50,000 to support the Bert Berkley Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Literacy at UMKC. Continue reading “Berkley Establishes Literacy Award for Educators”

Sherman and Sunderland Gifts Amplify Education Program Success

Foundation support accelerates Institute for Urban Education growth, progress

Despite the challenges of the last year, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Urban Education (IUE) in the School of Education is successfully affecting student success and teacher retention through its programming in urban schools, thanks in part to significant and steady support from major donors. Continue reading “Sherman and Sunderland Gifts Amplify Education Program Success”

A Legacy of Learning

Carol “Bobbie” Jasmer learned to appreciate education and philanthropy at the knee of her grandmother, Francesca Esacamilla.

Esacamilla sparked Jasmer’s intellectual curiosity and her generosity. As a young woman Esacamilla had moved from Mexico to San Antonio, Texas with her husband and started a successful bakery. Continue reading “A Legacy of Learning”

Faculty Donation Establishes Endowment for Gay and Lesbian Archives

UMKC professor’s gift increases collection security, longevity

When Linda E. Mitchell, Ph.D., professor of history and the Martha Jane Phillips Starr Missouri Distinguished Endowed Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UMKC, began to think about estate planning, she decided to create an endowment fund for the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA.) Continue reading “Faculty Donation Establishes Endowment for Gay and Lesbian Archives”

Volunteer’s $1.2 Million Gift Ensures Student Support

Endowment benefits Conservatory and the Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund 

The late Caroline McBride French was an enthusiastic UMKC Conservatory donor and volunteer. A successful attorney in Kansas City, French was active on the Friends of the UMKC Conservatory board, a fervent supporter of Crescendo, the Conservatory’s signature fundraiser and a member of the UMKC Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory. Continue reading “Volunteer’s $1.2 Million Gift Ensures Student Support”

Gift to UMKC Foundation Will Support School of Pharmacy Research

Study explores patient safety issues surrounding the use of electronic medical records during transitions of care

The UMKC Foundation has received a $35,000 gift from the Jane & Jack Strandberg Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, that will go to support ongoing research in the School of Pharmacy. Continue reading “Gift to UMKC Foundation Will Support School of Pharmacy Research”

UMKC Women’s Council Celebrates 50 Years of Graduate Student Success

More than 2,000 women have received fellowships totaling more than $2 million

Amiben Ladhawala has been a teacher for 20 years and is working toward her doctorate degree in education. Funding through the UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund will enable Ladhawala to expand her research on how students’ experiences with trauma affect their behavior and ability to learn and the impact it has on teachers. Continue reading “UMKC Women’s Council Celebrates 50 Years of Graduate Student Success”

Family Surprises Matriarch with 93rd Birthday Gift to Beloved UMKC Program

Introducing the SPARK Flossie Pack Center for Lifelong Learning

Flossie Pack’s children wanted to surprise her for her 93rd birthday. She did not expect them to donate $600,000 to support the lifelong learning center that she loves, which will bear her name. Continue reading “Family Surprises Matriarch with 93rd Birthday Gift to Beloved UMKC Program”