On Aug. 29, the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Foundation hosted “Dreams are Built on a Solid Foundation,” its annual donor dinner.
More than 100 guests gathered at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in midtown Kansas City to celebrate the legacy of first-generation college graduates at Kansas City’s urban-serving public research university. Continue reading “Dreams Are Built on a Solid Foundation”
by Patricia O’Dell
Ka Baw Say immigrated to the United States with his older brother and sister when he was 19 years old. The Thomas and Theresa Sullivan Scholarship he received in 2018 enabled him to improve his education and his life.
“We wanted a good future,” says Say of him and his siblings. “Our parents did not come with us. They were worried, but they didn’t want to stop us. They wanted us to have a good life.” Continue reading “Scholarship and Determination Lead to Success”
As asked by Jean Peat, APR, Director of Communications, UMKC Foundation
On June 17, we welcomed new UMKC Foundation president Lisa Baronio to the UMKC family. As she begins her role in leading fundraising and advancement for the university, we’d like to help you get to know her a bit better. Continue reading “Five Questions with Lisa Baronio, Chief Advancement Officer, UMKC and President UMKC Foundation”
UMKC honors champion and supporter Henry Bloch
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is celebrating the extraordinary life and unprecedented contributions of Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry W. Bloch (1922-2019).
Bloch was the retired chairman of H&R Block, a tax-preparation company which he founded with his brother, Richard, in 1955. A quintessential entrepreneur, Bloch worked tirelessly — toiling over tax returns as his first child, Robert, was being born — and deftly responded to shifts in the market, developing H&R Block into the largest commercial tax preparation firm in the world. Continue reading “Celebrating a Legendary Leader”
Donor who began her relationship with UMKC as a student has enhanced the university for 59 years
By Patricia O’Dell
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is fortunate to have a legacy of men and women who have supported the university through leadership, experience and financial support. Linda Hood Talbott, (B.A. ’62, M.A. ’64, Ph.D. ’73) has been a leader in all three areas since she served as student body president. Her generous donations to scholarship funding ensure that her legacy of love of learning and the university will continue for generations to come. Continue reading “Talbott Provides Experience, Funding and Mentoring”
Lisa Baronio will be the university’s chief advancement officer
After conducting a nationwide search, a new president of the UMKC Foundation and chief advancement officer of UMKC has been named.
Lisa B. Baronio, EMBA, will lead the efforts of this independent nonprofit organization to encourage gifts and bequests to promote academic achievement, foster research and elevate intellectual pursuits at UMKC. She will begin her duties on June 17. Continue reading “Announcing New UMKC Foundation President”
By Patricia O’Dell
The grace of the quad, the tranquility of the grounds of Linda Hall Library and the unique appeal of the limestone buildings enhance the quiet beauty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker Campus. While UMKC looks to growth and the ability to embrace new technology and ever-evolving educational needs, it is focused on improving the campus as a whole. Continue reading “Miller Nichols Foundation Enhances Campus with Landscape Gift”
By Jean Peat
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. Continue reading “Leading with Appreciation”
The UMKC School of Education has appointed Eric Camburn, Ph.D., as the Sherman Family Foundation Endowed Chair and Director of the Urban Education Research Center, holding the appointment of professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations. Continue reading “Eric Camburn Named Chair Urban Research Center”
By Patricia O’Dell
George and Linda Robbins turned their lifetime love of music into a legacy of music education and healing – and they did it the smart way by taking advantage of matching funds and using tax codes to their advantage. Continue reading “Love of Music Becomes Legacy of Education”