UMKC Foundation sets record for gifts

More than 50,000 donations net $47.5 million in 2012-13


Oct.9, 2013

The UMKC Foundation collected a record 50,012 gifts during the 2012-13 fiscal year ending June 30, a 15 percent increase in the total number of gifts over the previous year.

Those donations netted $47.5 million for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the third-highest total in the foundation’s history. Major gifts included $20 million from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; a $5 million gift from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; and a $1 million bequest from Frank and Helen Wewers of Lenexa.

The $20 million gift, a pledge by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation in support of the university’s Downtown Campus for the Arts, is the second-highest in UMKC history.

The UMKC Foundation has now raised $173 million toward the $250 million goal for The Campaign for UMKC.

“UMKC is demonstrating in so many ways that it is Kansas City’s university, a foundational asset for the community’s growth and progress. People are responding to that, as the ongoing success of our capital campaign shows,” said Murray Blackwelder, president of the UMKC Foundation.

As of June 30, UMKC’s endowment totaled $256 million, up from $235 million one year ago, according to Betsey Solberg, chair of the UMKC Foundation.

“This endowment, managed in Kansas City and Columbia, demonstrates the enormous support among the people of Kansas City for having a great university,” Solberg said.

Blackwelder said top priorities for the foundation in the coming year include:

Chancellor Leo E. Morton said he is “awed and grateful” for the level of support from the community.

“The UMKC Foundation was founded on a belief in the great possibilities ahead for Kansas City’s university. Our supporters envisioned that this university could stretch and grow and become one of the country’s top urban institutions of higher learning,” he said. “Because of that support, UMKC is excelling.”