UMKC Foundation
5115 Oak St.
202 Administrative Center
Kansas City MO 64112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 235-5778
Fax 816- 235-6505
Mission Statement
The UMKC Foundation's primary role is fundraising, fund investment and fund management of all gifts to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The UMKC Foundation's mission is to foster a culture that inspires philanthropy to achieve university priorities.  The UMKC mission is to lead in life and health sciences, deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts, develop a professional workforce, collaborate in urban issues and education and create a vibrant learning and campus life experience. UMKC will become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs, a dynamic undergraduate population, a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body and active engagement with its city and region.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa B. Baronio
Board Chair Mr. Kent M. Sunderland
Board Chair Company Affiliation President and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Foundation is happy to accept donations from donors online (umkcfoundation.org), by telephone (816-235-5778), or by mail. Gifts may be made with a credit card or check. Donors may also make a pledge or create a planned gift. UMKC is proud to have more than 60 constituent organizations working on its behalf. If you have an interest in serving on an advisory board, joining a committee or volunteering in support of an academic unit, contact us at alumni@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1563 and we will be happy to match you to a meaningful volunteer opportunity at the university.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The UMKC Foundation's primary role is fundraising, fund investment and fund management of all gifts to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The UMKC Foundation's mission is to foster a culture that inspires philanthropy to achieve university priorities.  The UMKC mission is to lead in life and health sciences, deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts, develop a professional workforce, collaborate in urban issues and education and create a vibrant learning and campus life experience. UMKC will become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs, a dynamic undergraduate population, a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body and active engagement with its city and region.
Background Statement

The UMKC Foundation supports the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a public university serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC is one of four universities in the University of Missouri system.

Established in 1933 as the University of Kansas City, the university partnered with area professional schools to build programming. The Kansas City School of Law merged with the university in 1938, followed by the Kansas City-Western Dental College in 1941 and the Kansas City College of Pharmacy in 1943. The Conservatory of Music joined the university in 1959.

On July 25, 1963, the University of Kansas City joined the University of Missouri System and was renamed the University of Missouri-Kansas City. New schools found roots within the growing university. These include the School of Administration (1953), the School of Education (1954), the Division for Continuing Education (1958), the School of Graduate Studies (1964), the School of Medicine (1970), the School of Nursing (1980) and the School of Basic Life Sciences, later renamed the School of Biological Sciences (1985). More recently, UMKC has added an Honors College (2015) and an Emeritus College (2015).

Since its inception, UMKC has built solid leadership teams and recruited renowned faculty members. In addition, UMKC has been committed to being a major contributor to the success of the surrounding community. This commitment led to the establishment of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation in 2009.

The UMKC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates with its own elected Board of Directors. The foundation exists to encourage gifts and bequests to support academic achievement, research and community partnerships. In addition to fund development, the foundation manages the investment and distribution of an endowment according to donors’ directives. The funds provide stability and success for programs and students, while continuing to grow through fund investments each year.

Impact Statement

UMKC is a school on the rise.

UMKC recently announced a commitment by KC Scholars of $10 million in new scholarships for area students to attend UMKC. In conjunction with matching funds, the total of new scholarship funds will be $20 million.
 
In 2018, researchers from the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering launched the Center for Big Learning in partnership with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Industry and University Collaborative Research Center Program. The NSF grant of $3 million to four universities over the next five years is designed to encourage innovative research in artificial intelligence and deep learning, and significant partnerships between university researchers and industry nationwide.
 
UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies ranked #18 by U.S. News and World Report among best on line graduate nursing programs in 2018. UMKC has received a top 25 ranking for the seventh year in a row.

In May 2019, Lorena Searcy Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor of Composition, Chen Yi was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chen is one of 11 new members who were inducted in 2019. Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters include Theodore Roosevelt, John Singer Sargant and Mark Twain, and currently Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Maya Lin, Frank Gehry, and Joyce Carol Oates. The Academy's 250 members are elected for life.  
 
UMKC School of Law was recognized for its outstanding bar passage rate, criminal law program and better-than-expected employment rate for 2018 in preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication.
 
The UMKC women‘s soccer team has achieved great success this season. They won their conference in the regular season and received multiple conference awards, such as the best offensive player, best defensive player and best freshman player. These outstanding women have also performed at a high level in academics, posting a team average GPA of 3.75.
 
UMKC has increased enrollment in the Honors College from 120 to 400 students since June 2015.
 
At UMKC we are making spectacular happen.
Needs Statement

The UMKC Foundation is looking to the future with confidence. We continue to identify resources that will strengthen the university and the region. As we enter 2020, we are focused on finding a new home for our world class UMKC Conservatory. We will continue to enhance the potential of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center and the groundbreaking research of the School of Computing and Engineering. We are committed to building momentum for the School of Education’s urban education initiative. These specific goals will enhance our ongoing support of student scholarships and endowed faculty chairs.

Service Categories
Higher Education
Graduate & Professional Schools
Undergraduate Colleges
Areas of Service
International
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

From Kent Sunderland, UMKC Foundation board chair:

The UMKC Foundation is the official fundraising arm of the University of Missouri Kansas City. It is my pleasure to serve as the Board Chair of the Foundation and to assist in raising financial support and managing the assets that have been contributed to the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Every great city needs a great university, and Kansas City is no exception. The UMKC Volker campus sits in the heart of Kansas City, near the Country Club Plaza, and is on the edge of the Kansas City arts corridor. Volker campus offers a breadth of opportunities including arts and science, biological and chemical sciences, business, conservatory, computing and engineering, education and law. Additionally, the university offers a medical school, dentistry school, school of pharmacy, and a school of nursing and health sciences on the Health Sciences campus.

The UMKC Foundation will continue to play an important role in identifying and securing resources to insure continued growth and opportunities for the university. UMKC is helping prepare students of tomorrow, today.

Programs
Description
UMKC is a vibrant, growing public university. We value our role as a diverse university that places student success as a top priority. We work to offer an optimal learning environment for more than 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including top academic programs, student support and a vibrant campus community. We challenge our students to the highest levels of achievement. 
 
Our top goals include:
  • Leading in life and health sciences by attaining national recognition for research, expanding clinical practitioner training, and delivering outstanding health care.
  • Advancing urban engagement by becoming a model urban university that fully engages with the Kansas City community.
  • Excelling in the visual and performing arts with excellent programs that are central to campus life and that support Kansas City.
  • Embracing diversity by celebrating it in all aspects of university life, creating inclusive environments, culturally competent citizens and globally-oriented curricula and programs.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success

UMKC Foundation raised over $43 million from alumni and friends who value the university’s role as an essential community partner. While the previous year saw significant support for new construction, this year brought generous gifts toward the renovation of core campus facilities including: the Bloch School of Management’s Heritage Hall, the School of Dentistry’s simulation lab, classrooms and student services in the School of Law, and an upcoming renovation to the 50-year-old Miller Nichols Library. 

Student success remains one of UMKC’s highest priorities. To that end, the university was fortunate to receive significant support to help strengthen its student success efforts through its new RooSTRONG Student Success Model. In addition, as the men’s basketball team moved its home court back to campus, UMKC was grateful to receive generous support of its student athlete training facilities as well as the new design of the competition court in Swinney Center, the home of Roos volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball.
Long-Term Success
UMKC's long-term success is closely related to Kansas City's long-term success. As Kansas City's top public research university, we feel a strong responsibility for educating the students who will be this community's future.
 
By providing "high-impact" education practices, such as first-year and capstone seminars, undergraduate research, study abroad and internships and many other programs, we engage and retain students. UMKC empowers students to contribute to a demographically and technologically complex world. In particular, we enable them to be the future business and civic leaders who will enrich and enhance Kansas City.
Program Success Monitored By
We monitor success through the academic achievements of our students and faculty. Current faculty members include Guggenheim fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners. They are experts on a range of academic topics and have been recognized as such both nationally and globally.
 
In addition, UMKC has garnered a growing list of outside recognition.  The Carnegie Foundation selected the university to receive its coveted Community Engagement classification and Business Insider has named UMKC one of the 50 "most underrated" colleges in America.
Examples of Program Success

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. The 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors take mentorship seriously.


Students come from all 50 states and 82 countries, enriching the community with diverse perspectives. The city's energy influences everything that happens here. UMKC is Kansas City's university.

UMKC earns national and international attention for the quality of faculty, students, research and leadership:
  • 12 students named Fulbright Scholars since 2006
  • Top 100 "green campuses" (Sierra Club)
  • 6 UMKC faculty have received Guggenheim Fellowships
  • One of the top 25 online graduate nursing programs (U.S. News & World Report).
Offering 125 academic areas, UMKC focuses on research and community service:
  • The alumni network is 126,000 strong
  • UMKC brings millions of dollars in research funding into our local economy
  • 3,200+ local business clients benefit from UMKC outreach programs each year
  • Clinical faculty, staff and students provide millions of dollars in dental, nursing, pharmaceutical and medical care annually.
UMKC’s story is one of partnerships and progress, expansion and education.
CEO Comments

From Lisa Baronio, President, UMKC Foundation and Chief Advancement Officer, UMKC:

In partnership with the business and philanthropic community, UMKC Foundation is building upon its mission to foster a culture that inspires philanthropy to achieve university priorities. Through donor contributions, we will continue to change the lives of our students and provide resources for our faculty to address current challenges whether they are in the lab, in the classroom or in our community.

A few of the highlights of this past year include:

  • The 800 students who will benefit over the next nine years from a new $20-million scholarship program established by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, the H & R Block Foundation and the University of Missouri System. Under the program, the two Foundations will provide $10 million to be matched by a combined $10 million from UMKC and two UM System scholarship programs: the Promise and Opportunity Scholarships program, and the Next Generation Merit Program.
  • The Board of the Friends of the Conservatory launched their 20/20 Campaign, aimed toward creating 20 endowed scholarships by the end of the year 2020. So far, 13 new endowed scholarships have been established to benefit UMKC Conservatory students.
  • We broke ground and started construction on the School of Computing and Engineering’s new 57,800-square-foot Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center. Despite challenging weather conditions, the facility is on schedule to open next August. Donors contributed $32 million toward the project, which will house cutting-edge research and teaching labs, including a high bay structural laboratory, a nanotechnology “clean room” facility, and a virtual reality/augmented reality training and development center.

We are grateful for our donors and their shared vision for Kansas City’s university.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lisa B. Baronio
Term Start June 2019
Experience
Lisa served as president of the University of Northern Iowa Foundation, and Vice President for University Advancement at UNI since 2015. Prior to her position at UNI, she served as the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has also served at Vice President for Advancement at the University of North Texas. She has leadership experience at the University of Connecticut Foundation, Wichita State, and the University of Nebraska Foundation. She has more than 20 years of higher education fundraising and management experience, mostly at large public institutions.
 
While at UNI, Baronio led the efforts that raised more than $85 million dollars and distributed more than $20 million to support the university. She also led a scholarship initiative that exceeded the $40 million goal by $13 million, and met the original goal 19 months ahead of schedule. At the University of North Texas, she led an effort that resulted in a $22M gift to the institution, the largest gift to the university at the time.
 
She holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Murray M. BlackwelderJuly 2009 - Dec 2014
Mr. Steven P. NorrisJan 2015 - Mar 2018
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 18
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 2800
Retention Rate 92%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 11
Male 8
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
UMKC partners with more than 200 organizations throughout the Greater Kansas City area.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2010
Association of Fundraising Professionals2010
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best Law Schools for Black StudentsThe Black Student's Guide to Law School2013
Guide to 332 Green CollegesPrinceton Review, U.S. Green Building Council2014
Top 10 online graduate nursing programsU.S. News & World Report2015
Top Pharmacy Graduate ProgramsGraduateprogram.com2015
Top 30 Best Graduate Nursing ProgramsU.S. News & World Report2015
No. 7 in the Midwest for Family Medicine residency programsDoximity in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report2015
No. 34 on list of 50 Most Underrated Colleges in AmericaBusiness Insider2015
Military Friendly SchoolVictory Media, Inc.2016
School of Pharmacy ranked #36 in the nationU.S. News and World Report2016
School of Law #11 for Innovation and #12 for Practical TrainingJurist Magazine2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Visit the UMKC website at umkc.edu for more details about programs, community initiatives and educational opportunities. Visit www.umkcfoundation.org for more information about fundraising priorities. If you have questions and would like to speak to an individual, please call the UMKC Foundation at 816-235-5778 or toll-free at 1-800-662-8652.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kent Sunderland
Company Affiliation President and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Email contact@umkcfoundation.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
C. Mauli Agrawal Ph.D.Chancellor, UMKC
Thomas M. BlochPresident and Co-Founder, University Academy
Kevin E. BryantSenior Vice President of Finance and CFO, Kansas City Power & Light
Warren K. ErdmanExecutive Vice President Administration and Corporate Affairs, Kansas City Southern
Darcy A. HoweManaging Director, KCRise Fund
James A. PolsinelliShareholder, Polsinelli
Ryan D. RappVice President & Chief Financial Officer, University of Missouri
Jerry D. ReeceChairman Emeritus, ReeceNichols Real Estate
Robert D. RegnierPresident and CEO, Bank of Blue Valley
James D. RinePresident and CEO, UMB Bank
Nelson R. Sabates M.D.President and CEO, Sabates Eye Centers
Marny D. ShermanPresident, Sherman Family Foundation
L. Joshua SoslandPresident, Sosland Publishing
Kent W. SunderlandPresident and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation
Frank J. WewersPresident, FLI-TEK Consulting LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Investment
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Audit
CEO Comments Visit the UMKC website at umkc.edu for more details about programs, community initiatives, and educational opportunities. Visit the Foundation website at umkcfoundation.org for more information regarding fundraising priorities. If you have questions and would like to speak to an individual, please call the UMKC Foundation at 816-235-5778 or toll-free at 1-800-662-8652.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $3,473,660
Projected Expenses $3,376,110
Endowment Value $44,421,175
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,700,546$1,256,264$3,685,292
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified----$0
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$3,393,871$2,901,580$2,357,094
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,035,232$3,536,614$477,528
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$130,935$157,945$10,779
Other----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,596,189$4,977,795$1,716,788
Administration Expense$1,855,252$1,596,956$1,429,813
Fundraising Expense$1,031,535$1,643,573$931,912
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.300.941.60
Program Expense/Total Expenses47%61%42%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$44,523,439$42,165,792$42,431,681
Current Assets$2,119,329$991,168$4,481,048
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$775,069$390,680$125,313
Total Net Assets$43,748,370$41,775,112$42,306,368
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.732.5435.76
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $104,386Anonymous $2,910,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $75,000Anonymous $110,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $60,000Anonymous $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name UMKC Foundation
Address 5115 Oak St.
202 Administrative Center
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 235-5778
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa B. Baronio
Board Chair Mr. Kent M. Sunderland
Board Chair Company Affiliation President and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation
Year of Incorporation 2009