March 2016



Rendering courtesy of HGA Architects and Engineers.

New Gifts to UMKC Downtown Arts Campus

The UMKC Foundation is pleased to announce three major gift pledges for the UMKC Downtown Arts Campus. This project is one of the university’s top fundraising priorities as well as a “Big 5” initiative of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Including these latest gifts, the project has garnered private support totaling $38 million dollars, bringing the project to within $10 million of its private fundraising goal. Read More

UMKC School of Dentistry class scholarship memorializes classmate

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry’s class of 2014 has established an endowed scholarship to honor Ji Blanchfield, a classmate who died four years ago while she was in her second year of dental school. The Class of 2014 Ji Blanchfield Memorial Scholarship will be available to second-year dental students in the top 25 percent of their class who are involved in a student organization or serve as a class officer. Read More

Chinese alumni provide lead gift to fund new Edgar Snow Reading Room

A $30,000 gift from Chinese donors with ties to famed journalist and Kansas City native Edgar Snow has made possible a revamped Edgar Snow Reading Room in UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation announced. UMKC alumni Huang Zheng and Shu-Ching of Beijing, who are also know by the western names John and Alice, made the lead gift this winter toward the $60,000 renovation of the reading room, which houses Edgar Snow’s papers, including books, pictures and writings. Read More

Courtesy of Nonprofit Connect.

Terry and Peggy Dunn honored as volunteers of the year

Nonprofit Connect has named University of Missouri-Kansas City alumni and friends Terry and Peggy Dunn as its 2016 Volunteers of the Year. The Dunns, who have long been involved in leadership roles at the university, will be honored May 20 at Nonprofit Connect’s 32nd annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in downtown Kansas City. Terry Dunn is serving as president of the UMKC Foundation Board.

School of Law receives $1.1 million gift from estate of alumnus

A $1.1 million gift from a 1955 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law has been used to establish a matching scholarship program that will create an important new pool of endowed scholarships for qualified law students. The matching gift program was established by the Board of Directors of the UMKC Law Foundation in the name of Kansas City lawyer and Law School alumnus David Irwin Westfall Jr., who left an undesignated estate gift to the school last year. Read More

Foundation Updates

Shelly Doucet joined the foundation in February as director of development for the School of Education. Previously, Doucet served as director of development for Starlight Theatre, and in the same position with Academie Lafayette, the Kansas City charter school. She also serves as a volunteer board member for and for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Before moving to the Midwest 15 years ago, Doucet practiced law in Louisiana.

Jonnae Hill joined the foundation in February as assistant director of development for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Hill, who came to UMKC after serving as a corporate and foundation relations officer at Rockhurst University, will focus on creating new scholarships for the Bloch School and will assist with advisory council recruitment and management. Previously, Hill spent five years working with the American Cancer Society.

Leslie Linzy joined the foundation as a director of development. Linzy has been both a fundraiser and a nurse, providing a unique perspective and opportunity at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. Before joining UMKC, she spent six years as a RN, providing clinical care to patients in neuro rehabilitation and also working in occupation health. Prior to her work in healthcare, she spent 10 years as a fundraiser in the higher education and social services sectors of Kansas City. Getting her start at UMKC in annual fund, prospect management and research, she moved to consulting and major gift fundraising with organizations like Della Lamb Community Services and The Community Blood Center.

Foundation Board

The UMKC Foundation is grateful to the following members of its Board of Directors elected this past January to serve as officers for 2016:

  • Terrence P. Dunn, chair
  • Thomas M. Bloch, vice chair
  • Kent W. Sunderland, secretary
  • John J. Sherman, treasurer

In addition, we welcome Bob Regnier who was elected to his first term on the Board of Directors. Mr. Regnier is President of Bank of Blue Valley and Co-Chair of The Campaign for UMKC.

We also wish to acknowledge Hugh Zimmer who recently completed his final term on the UMKC Foundation Board. As one of our founding board members, we are grateful for Mr. Zimmer’s vision and leadership that prepared the way for the success the Foundation is achieving today.

Save the Date

September 22, 2016 Campaign Celebration

Mark you calendars and plan to come join the UMKC Foundation on Sept. 22 as we celebrate the great success of The Campaign for UMKC!

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