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UCM Foundation

Smiser Alumni Center
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8000
Toll Free: 866.752.7257
giving@ucmo.edu





Alumni

Every year, we contact thousands of Central Missouri alumni to support their alma mater, and they give generously in response. State support provides less than half of the university's funding. A critical part of the remainder comes from our loyal alumni and friends.

Why Support the University of Central Missouri?
How and Where Can You Direct a Gift?
Are There Other Ways to Support UCM?
How Can You Start a Scholarship?
How Should You Update Your Contact Information?
How Can You Find Out About a Previous Gift?
Can You Give Anonymously?
Can You and Your Spouse/Partner Give Together?

Why Support the University of Central Missouri?

UCM alumni help financially support their alma mater for many reasons. Many attribute their career success to the solid educational footing Central Missouri gave them. Some feel this debt of gratitude for help they received as students. Others want to honor an admired professor. School pride is often the motivation.

Finally, many graduates give to Central Missouri because they realize the value of a UCM degree is only as good as the university is today! Private support enables the university to maintain its reputation as a high-quality, affordable choice for a diverse mix of students.

Although UCM is a public university, state support has decreased significantly through the years. Now, less than half of the university's general fund comes from state revenue. A crucial part of the remainder comes from loyal alumni. Their gifts touch every aspect of the university from scholarships for students to well-equipped facilities to dedicated college professors.

How and Where Can You Direct a Gift?

Gifts touch every aspect of the university. You can designate any area you choose to help or you can make your gift unrestricted, allowing the university to apply it to areas of greatest need. Fundraisers are available for individual consultation.

Are There Other Ways to Support UCM?

One of the easiest ways to support your alma mater is to wear UCM-emblemed attire. The Alumni Online Store makes buying Central Missouri merchandise more convenient than ever. Word-of-mouth publicity is one of the best things you can do to help us recruit prospective students. Then when you encounter promising, prospective students, refer them to us.

Get involved with the university. Serve on an advisory council. Many departments look for alumni with successful careers in business and industry. Support the many UCM student organizations and activities across campus. Attend an alumni event. Keep in contact and make sure we have your latest information. The Alumni Association is a wonderful way to remain involved and make a difference at the university.  The relationship you have with your alma mater can benefit you throughout your life.

How Can You Start a Scholarship?
Scholarships are one of the most popular giving areas for alumni. After all, students are the reason why universities exist, and with the rising cost of college, financial aid is more important than ever.

Alumni who give annually to a scholarship want their gift to benefit a student that same year. There is no minimum amount required for annual gifts. Gifts also may be used to create scholarship endowments. These gifts usually are more sizeable, starting at $10,000. Endowments provide a permanent source of funding; their interest is used to create the scholarship award and the corpus is never touched.

If you are interested in starting a scholarship, call 660-543-8000 or email foundation_scholarships@ucmo.edu.

How Should You Update Your Contact Information?

Ever year, we call thousands of alumni through our phonathon. We also send an end-of-year mailing to remind you that a gift to UCM may benefit your tax situation. Both of these programs rely upon accurate address and phone information.

Among the alumni we contact, we have relatively high participation rates. However, as a percentage of our entire alumni, our giving rates are lower than national averages. Improving that statistic starts with keeping us informed of your current address and phone number. Update your information now.

How Can You Find Out About a Previous Gift?

A quick inquiry is all that's necessary to find out about your previous giving. Call 660-543-8000 or email giving@ucmo.edu. Because we respect our donors' privacy, we provide information about your giving history only. We want to make sure we have recorded your gift and its intended use accurately.

Can You Give Anonymously?

Yes. If you prefer to keep your gift anonymous, we will not share your name with anyone outside the Central Missouri Foundation.

Can You and Your Spouse/Partner Give Together?

Yes. In fact, we automatically credit both the alumni and spouse/partner. We send correspondence to both of you and recognize you both in our annual report. If you prefer not to have this joint recognition, indicate that on your pledge form or call us.



Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $20,000 to endow new scholarship
  • $25 for Fund for Excellence
  • $50 to department scholarship
  • $25,000 for baseball scholarships
  • $25,000 for scholarships
  • $100,000 for wrestling
  • $250 for Fund for Excellence