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”

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”

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”

Conservatory Celebrates 27 New Scholarships

Volunteer-led 20/20 campaign exceeds goals

The UMKC Conservatory is celebrating the creation of 27 new endowed scholarships. Thanks to a volunteer committee which triumphed during challenging times, students who may not have been able to join the ranks of Conservatory students and alumni will now have their chance. Continue reading “Conservatory Celebrates 27 New Scholarships”

It’s Never Too Late to Graduate

Crankstart Scholarships are designed for nontraditional students

Not all students take a direct path from college initiation to graduation. Sometimes circumstances intercede that require degree-seekers to take a break, but that does not mean they do not have a viable path to graduation. Continue reading “It’s Never Too Late to Graduate”