The Campaign for UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the UMKC Foundation are thrilled to announce the official launch of The Campaign for UMKC. Tagged with the proclamation, This is the time. This is the place., the seven-year, $250 million campaign is designed to help UMKC become Kansas City’s model research university, to empower students through additional scholarship opportunities, to attract and retain outstanding faculty, and to continue developing and expanding the university’s world-class programs and facilities.

“In a city that is first-rate, UMKC must be the academic cornerstone,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Campaign funds will help with the ongoing transformation of UMKC and further the measures in our strategic plan.”

Retired H&R Block Chairman Henry W. Bloch will serve as the honorary chair of the Campaign Steering Committee, with Thomas and Vina Hyde and Robert and Ann Regnier serving as co-chairs.

The Foundation also announces several new gifts:


  • Steering Committee co-chairs Tom and Vina Hyde announced a gift of $6 million to support the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence.
  • Bill and Irma Lou Hirsch provided $100,000 for a scholarship to support four students per year in the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies' online RN-BSN program.
  • Dr. Marjorie Sirridge made a gift of $125,000 to advance and sustain the contributions that the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics makes to the medical education of UMKC physicians.
  • Dr. Linda Hood Talbott pledged $250,000 in current and planned gifts to support UMKC scholarships and leadership awards, benefitting the College of Arts and Sciences; the Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education; and the performing arts programs at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, the UMKC Theatre and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

The Foundation extends our sincere gratitude to these donors and to the donors who have helped launch the campaign. These gifts, combined with the generous support already received from university benefactors and alumni, bring The Campaign for UMKC fundraising total to date to more than $100 million of the $250 million goal.