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Jazz Great’s Legacy Enriches University Collections

Barney Kessel began playing guitar when he was 12 years old in his hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma. By 1937, at the age of 14, he was playing professionally. Kessel built a legendary jazz career and an impressive collection of music and manuscripts. (more…)

Alumnus Entrepreneur Establishes College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship

Kansas City businessman Albert Gerecht liked helping others succeed

Albert Gerecht, B.A. ’52, established his business, The Tax Gallery in 1956, one mile from his alma mater. After earning his degree and meeting his wife, Doris, he led a bold life making friends, building his business and supporting the community. Upon his death he bequeathed $400,000 for merit-based scholarships to further his commitment to helping people help themselves. (more…)

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Data Security Incident

Statement on Blackbaud Data Security Incident

On July 16, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was notified by a third-party vendor, Blackbaud, that the company was involved in a data security incident in May 2020. Blackbaud provides cloud-based services to thousands of schools, hospitals, and other non-profits.


UMKC Foundation Celebrates Record Year

Donors respond with increases across the board in challenging year

The UMKC Foundation has had a year of record giving with significant increases in both contributions and donors. This year’s donations are 35% greater than the previous record year, with gains in all areas of giving. (more…)

An Exemplary Volunteer Career

UMKC Conservatory supporter Marylou Turner has dedicated her life to enhancing the arts

Marylou Turner’s exposure to music and the arts was limited during her girlhood. (more…)

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