UMKC making progress on downtown arts campus fundraising


UMKC says it is making progress on raising money for its downtown arts campus.

The University has announced an additional $5.6 million in gifts for its future downtown site and the Conservatory of Music and Dance.

UMKC says the new gifts bring the amount raised toward the downtown project to more than $30 million including a $20 million challenge gift from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.

The university needs to raise a total of $48 million in private funds in order to approach the state of Missouri for matching funds to cover the $96 million cost of the project’s first phase.

According to the university, the gifts come from:

  • $3 million from an anonymous donor for endowed scholarships
  • $1 million from the Sunderland Foundation
  • $500,000 from the Kirk Family
  • $400,000 from Burns & McDonnell
  • $250,000 from JE Dunn
  • $250,000 from Tom and Jean McDonnell
  • $100,000 from Greg and Deanna Graves
  • $100,000 from Charles and Mary Kay Horner

“This project has some real momentum. Across the community, people are realizing the potential the Downtown Campus has to stimulate both the arts, and economic development,” said Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “With these additional generous gifts, we have every reason to believe that a Downtown Arts Campus will become a reality. This is the year we make our longtime dream a reality. I am truly grateful for the support UMKC continues to receive, and elated about what this will mean to our talented students.”

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