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UMKC Foundation


We appreciate your interest in supporting the UMKC Foundation and want to make the process as easy as possible. There are a number of ways to make a gift besides direct contributions.

Faculty and Staff Gifts

Donations from faculty and staff in support of UMKC or specific programs are a valued reflection of your dedication to the university.  You can make biweekly or monthly contributions through payroll reduction either indefinitely or toward a specific amount by completing and submitting the Authorization for Payroll Deduction Form.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts from your employer enhance your donation to the UMKC Foundation. To determine if your employer has a matching program, you can access our database on employers’ programs via our Online Giving Form.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds, which are similar to a charitable savings account, are an easy, cost-effective way to support our mission.  You can transfer assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization and then recommend how much you would like granted to charities such as the UMKC Foundation. Click here to learn more.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Making a gift in recognition of a loved one or colleague is a lasting way to acknowledge and celebrate their life and accomplishments. Gifts can support a specific school or program that was significant to the honoree or benefit the university in general. You can complete the In Honor/Memory Of section of the online giving form or contact a gift director associated with your college or school interest to discuss further options.


Gifts of appreciated securities or mutual funds to the UMKC Foundation can provide significant support for an area of your designation at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Gifts of securities may be used to support the annual fund, establish an endowment, provide unrestricted support or other learning opportunities and initiatives.

Qualified Charitable Distribution

If you are 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA, you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution. When you make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA to UMKC, you will ensure our work of transforming the lives of our students and influencing the future of Kansas City. Learn more and access step-by-step instructions here.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Corporate and foundation giving is an integral component of UMKC’s success.  The UMKC Foundation is recognized as a successful partner for major corporate and foundation funders in Kansas City.

In-kind Gifts

In-kind gifts are donations of goods or services that can be made either in a donor’s lifetime or as part of an estate.  Once fair market value is established, the gift should be eligible for tax donation.  Contact the appropriate gift director to determine the best course of action in making an in-kind gift.


Launch UMKC is a free, easy-to-use crowdfunding platform available to UMKC faculty, staff, students, and affiliates to collect donations, build cause awareness and connect socially. Donations are tax-deductible and can be directed to specific university programs or projects. Typically, campaigns are live for 30 to 45 days, require about three months of work from application to finish, and require promotional effort by the group or individual initiating the project in order to be successful.  Please contact Dana Chamblin, Director of Annual Giving, at for more information.

Payment Options

We are happy to help you make your gift in the way you are most comfortable.


To give online by credit card, please use our secure Online Giving Form.  The UMKC Foundation accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.


To make a donation by phone, please call 816-780-9151 to talk to a member of the UMKC Foundation.


To mail your donation, please download and return the UMKC Foundation Pledge Commitment Form with your check or money order made payable to the UMKC Foundation.  If you wish to support a specific area or program, indicate your designation in the memo section of your check.

If you prefer to designate a credit card, the UMKC Foundation accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.