Oct 2, 2006    #150
Contact: Heather Haas

UMKC awarded $1.45 million from Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Three University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)programs received a total of $1.45 million as part of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s 2007 Leadership Grants. The combined commitment represents the largest GKKCF Leadership Grant total pledged to a single institution.

The School of Education was awarded nearly $1 million for two of its initiatives. The School is the recipient of $850,000 from the Helen H. Nelson Trust and the foundation, which will support the Institute for Urban Education, a program that prepares teachers for success in urban schools. In addition, the School received a $100,000 grant to support the Education Policy Fellowship Program, an effort to further the leadership of higher education administrators.

The $500,000 balance from the Leadership Grant was directed to the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration from the Carrie J. Loose Trust and the foundation. This award will enhance the Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The program, led by internationally renowned faculty member Michael Song, provides support for translational research in the life sciences and creates new knowledge and models for emerging businesses.

“The foundation’s significant support represents an investment in the strategies outlined in the Blue Ribbon Task Force Report,” said UMKC Chancellor Guy H. Bailey. “UMKC is responding to the objectives in the report in order to increase its capacity to address community needs. The Leadership Grant enables us to accelerate our progress in key areas and move closer toward the accomplishment of our ultimate goal to be a first-rate urban university for Kansas City.”

In 2006, the foundation updated its grant making leadership areas based on the recommendations in the Blue Ribbon Task Force Report – which included the goal of building strength in the life sciences and meeting the educational needs of minority students in the urban core. The 2007 grants help address the community’s needs in these areas, but more philanthropic dollars are needed to sufficiently meet long-term demands.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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