Advancement Departments

The UMKC Office of Advancement is the volunteer portal for UMKC. Staff work closely with alumni and community leaders as they advocate for and support the university and its mission. Learn more about our staff and departments.

Alumni and Constituent Relations

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A university is nothing without its alumni. Alumni commit expertise, time and resources to the success of the University. The Alumni and Constituent Relations team engages alumni in extraordinary programs and experiences both university-wide and in UMKC’s schools and colleges. In addition, the department manages events for the Alumni Association, publishes the award-winning Perspectives magazine and produces alumni e-newsletters, websites and communications. This team works diligently to keep alumni connected and engaged.

Community and Public Affairs

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As an urban university, it is imperative UMKC is an active community partner. UMKC prides itself in being at the table and participating in conversations and initiatives that impact the greater community. The Community and Public Affairs office works with city and county government, neighborhood associations and many of the university’s other external and civic partnerships to achieve common goals and make Kansas City an exceptional community.

External Relations

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The university forges relationships with many different stakeholders. The meaningful connections that are made enable the university to make an impact beyond its borders. The External Relations team manages constituent relationships for the campus including the board of Trustees, state government and legislative bodies. The office also coordinates stewardship, special events and conference services for the university.

Advancement Services

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While the external face of Advancement is about relationships and experiences, there’s another important component of the division – data. The Advancement Office is devoted to making meaningful connections with constituents, but it is also equally dedicated to making sure it has the best data to inform and drive the work. The Advancement Services team manages the alumni and donor records database, the recording of all volunteer hours and donor gifts, gift receipting, the execution of the telefund program of the Alumni Fund, as well as managing university endowments.

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