At UMKC School of Law, we help students become outstanding lawyers, inspiring leaders and principled citizens able to make a difference.

Our alumni and friends also make a difference. Through the years and every day, they demonstrate their passionate support. Because of this support, the School of Law is excelling.

Since 1959, the UMKC Law Foundation has provided the leadership for private gifts and alumni engagement. Support for students, faculty, law library, clinics and building renovations have all been made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends. The goal has always been to strive for an even better law school.

Whether a member of the Dean’s Circle of Leadership Giving, Truman Legacy Society or the Whittaker Giving Society, your investment in our students, faculty and programs make a difference in our mission to achieve great things as Kansas City’s Law School.

  • Truman Legacy Society

    The Truman Legacy Society represents the past, present and future of the UMKC School of Law. This society honors alumni and friends who have made plans to provide an enduring legacy of support for the school of law through their estate plans. 
    Membership in the Truman Legacy Society is granted to those who make a future commitment to the school of law through an estate gift, such as a bequest in a will or trust, charitable remainder trust, gift annuity, or gift of life insurance.
    The society is named for Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States and an alumnus of the UMKC School of Law.

  • Whittaker Giving Society

    Private support is the cornerstone for enhancing legal education at the UMKC School of Law. Alumni and friends who demonstrate a long-term and sustained commitment to the school with their private support are recognized as members of the Whittaker Giving Society. All cash gifts received and receipted to benefit the School of Law are counted.

    Society Level Amount
    Diamond Gavel $1,000,000+
    Platinum Gavel $500,000 to $999,999
    Gold Gavel $250,000 to $499,999
    Silver Gavel $100,000 to $249,999
    Crystal Gavel $50,000 to $99,999
    Emerald Gavel $25,000 to $49,999

    This society honors UMKC law alumnus Charles Evans Whittaker (JD ‘24), United States Supreme Court Justice from 1957 to 1962.
    UMKC will also recognize donors as members of the UMKC Cornerstone Society.

  • Dean’s Circle of Leadership Giving

    The Dean’s Circle recognizes annual donors of $1,000 or more to the Law Foundation of the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Members of the Dean’s Circle set an example of philanthropy and inspire others to also make a difference with a leadership gift.
    Membership in the Dean’s Circle is granted when gifts equal $1000 or more during the fiscal year.  Gifts may be directed to any program or fund that supports the school of law and may be made with a single gift of $1,000 or more or several gifts throughout the year. Giving totals are counted based on the Law Foundation’s fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
    Annual Gift Level Recognition:

    Fellow $10,000+
    Barrister $5,000 to $9,999
    Counselor $2,500 to 4,999
    Partner $1,000 to $2,499