Henry W. Bloch provides UMKC’s largest gift

A $32 million gift from Henry W. Bloch — the largest outright gift in UMKC’s history and among the top 24 largest in 2011 according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy — will fund a state-of-the-art building to house the Henry W. Bloch School of Management's graduate and executive programs.

“We are extremely grateful to Henry Bloch for his years of support of the Bloch School of Management,” said Leo E. Morton, Chancellor of UMKC. “Henry understands the importance of education and entrepreneurship, and he is helping the school establish a unique position in Kansas City’s future.”

A lifelong advocate of education, Bloch endowed the school in 1986.

“I chose to make this significant gift because now is the right time,” Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block and benefactor of the Bloch School, said. “I stand behind the chancellor and Dean Tan’s purposeful vision for the Bloch School and have already seen them execute successful strategic initiatives that will propel the school toward national and international renown. The new mission and vision of the school both respect and directly tie into the legacy of Kansas City and align with what this community wants and needs from its business school.”

The success of the Bloch School's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was given as another reason Bloch chose to give to the school and the university. The Princeton Review recently recognized the Bloch School's undergraduate and graduate programs among the top 25 entrepreneurship programs in the country. Only 11 schools nationwide have both undergraduate and graduate programs included in this ranking.

"The new building will be dedicated to our graduate studies such as Executive Education, E-Scholars (Entrepreneurship Scholar Program), MBA, EMBA, MSC Accounting, MPA, EMPA, Master of Finance and our Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate program,” said Teng-Kee Tan, dean of the Bloch School. “We researched top innovative workspaces across the country such as Google, Proctor and Gamble, IDEO and various design schools for ideas on how to create a one-of-a-kind space.”