Matt chairs the advisory board of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy in Plymouth, United Kingdom, is an adjunct instructor of organizational behavior in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and is a senior fellow of UMKC’s Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He has served on the boards of trustees of Avila University in Kansas City and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and in multiple local, regional, national and global board and committee roles.
Matt is a featured speaker on fundraising and fundraiser compensation in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success, co-author of $231 Billion Raised and Counting and author or co-author of multiple academic textbook chapters and journal articles. Matt holds a bachelor of journalism in news editorial from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master of public administration in nonprofit management and doctor of philosophy in organizational behavior and higher education administration from UMKC’s Bloch School of Management and School of Education.
Known for thinking outside the box, Gene is committed to staff development and fund development, to the importance of collaborations and strategic alliances, and to providing management services to mission driven organizations. Gene brings communities together for the common good of service. During his tenure with the YMCA, community partners placed into operation over $35 million dollars in facilities managed by the YMCA.
Gene’s leadership in Kansas City began in 1987 with an operating budget of $3.1 million dollars and an endowment of $2.3 million. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City had six membership facilities serving five Missouri counties, 18,900 members and 41,230 program participants, and in 1987 provided no child care. When Gene retired in August 2010, the annual operating budget was $47 million and the Y had expanded to include
- 19 membership facilities across ten counties in both Missouri and Kansas,
- five early learning centers,
- 98 before & after school program sites serving six school districts,
- six Head Start centers,
- 92,321 members and
- 347,000 program participants.
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s endowment realized a significant increase during Gene’s tenure, which led to the establishment of the YMCA Foundation of Mid America; it now holds a portfolio of $12 million.
While in Kansas City Gene also shared his expertise in nonprofit management. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Rockhurst University for 13 years and a guest presenter for the Masters of Public Administration program at University Missouri-Kansas City and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.
Jim recently joined the executive leadership team at The Family Conservancy. Prior to joining The Family Conservancy, Jim led performance improvement teams at University Health where he taught Six Sigma as change management and successfully implements strategic projects. In addition, Jim teaches Strategic Management and Six Sigma in the Avila University Graduate Professional Studies program, and recently embarked on a Public Administration Doctoral program focused on applications of complex system science.
He is currently the chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Lifetime and Testamentary Charitable Gift Planning (Section of Probate and Trust) and serves on the editorial board of Trusts and Estates magazine. He is a frequent speaker at legal and educational programs and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, MONEY Magazine and The Washington Post.
Prior to joining KCU in 2014, Jane was Managing Director of Planned Giving at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She first came to Children’s Mercy in 1994 as Director of Planned Giving, and over a period of 18 years she helped build the planned giving program to one of the largest among children’s hospitals. At Children’s Mercy, Jane also served as Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and had the responsibility for the major gift program in addition to planned giving program. She also served two years as Vice President of Advancement at Rockhurst University.
A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Jane is an adjunct professor in the UMKC’s Nonprofit Leadership Program teaching classes on major gift and planned gift solicitation. She is an active member and former board member of AFP, the Mid-America Planned Giving Council (recently renamed Mid-America Charitable Gift Planners), CGP (national association of Charitable Gift Planners) and the Kansas City Estate Planning Society. She also serves on the Kansas City Estate Planning Society Symposium committee.
Jane earned a B.A. in French and Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and an EdD in
Higher Education Administration, with a focus on philanthropy, from the University of Kansas.
Prof. Luppino’s scholarship and conference presentations focus primarily on legal and policy issues significantly affecting entrepreneurs, and on entrepreneurship education. He was the principal organizer of the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has served for several years as lead editor of the Entrepreneurship Law (EshipLaw) website (http://www.EshipLaw.org) powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As outgrowths of his work in urban innovation and civic entrepreneurship through the interdisciplinary Law, Technology & Public Policy course, he has become one of UMKC’s principal contacts with the MetroLab Network, and a founder and leader of the Legal Technology Laboratory (see http://www.thelegaltechlab.com).
Before joining the faculty on a full-time basis in 2001, Prof. Luppino practiced law with firms in Boston and in the Kansas City region. His practice included a wide variety of business, tax planning, and transactional work, involving multiple disciplines within the law. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1979. In 1982, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. While in private practice in Boston early in his practice career, he earned his LL.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University, and in 1986 was articles editor of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law.
Dr. McCarther teaches courses in educational administration, foundations, and diversity. Her research agenda focuses on equity and access and embraces narrative studies, ethnography, documentary, and historiography; all giving voice to those long silenced across race, class, and gender boundaries. Dr. McCarther has been published in numerous scholarly journals and presented at national conferences including the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Studies Association, Organization of Educational Historians, and the National Association of Multicultural Education.
He has a particular interest in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, in building a better community in our region.
He is also an attorney with the Kansas City law firm Berkowitz Oliver LLP. The firm does civil and white collar criminal trial work. He chaired the management committee of the firm for thirteen years. He has handled a variety of business disputes on behalf of clients in state and federal courts. He is a trained mediator since lawsuits are not the best way to settle disputes and should be a last resort. He has also has served as a special master in state court.
His civic activities have focused on pediatric health, urban education from early learning through higher education, and the arts. He currently serves as a founding board member of Aligned, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving education in Kansas and Missouri; board member and board chair of MRIGlobal, an applied scientific and engineering research institute based in Kansas City; board member of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri; board member and board chair of DeLaSalle Charter High School in Kansas City; advisory board member of Tesseract Ventures LLC, a company based in Kansas City that invents, engineers, licenses, and sells highly specialized 21st century cyber-physical systems to industry 4.0 verticals.; board member and board chair of The Beacon, a bistate Missouri/Kansas non-profit online news venture; board member of the UMKC Trustees; board member of Teach for America – KC; a founding board member of DIBS for Kids; board member of Friends of Alvin Ailey; board member of the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation in Jefferson City; advisory board member of the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas; advisory board member of the AUP+D Department at UMKC; member of the UMKC Enactus Business Advisory Board; member of the advocacy committee of ArtsKC; member of the advocacy committee of Nonprofit Connect; and advisory board member of Startland, a community building nonprofit activating a thriving and inclusive culture of innovation in Kansas City through stories, experiences and talent.
He is on the board of The Francis Family Foundation; the board of The Cross Foundation; and is a trustee of the Murphy Charitable Fund.
He is an emeritus trustee of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and was a member of the board and chaired the education committee of The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.
He is a senior fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Bloch School of Management at UMKC. He is an adjunct instructor in the Executive MBA program at the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.
He is shortstop on the Pitch Perfect Collaborative team that is restoring Satchel Paige’s house at 28th and Prospect in Kansas City, Missouri.
He is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A. with honors in history, elected to Phi Beta Kappa) and Boston University School of Law.
An award-winning educator and scholar, David teaches and conducts research on nonprofit and public service leadership, especially nonprofit governance and board effectiveness. His current research focuses on governance and management in networks and socially-entrepreneurial organizations. Recently, David was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City nonprofit association, Nonprofit Connect; in 2017 he was recognized with the “Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award” from the international scholar association, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
David serves public service organizations in many capacities, including consulting and service on councils, task forces, and governing boards. David has worked with more than 160 boards, commissions, and networks in the past two decades. Among other initiatives, he helped found the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (a network of university-based nonprofit centers) and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
David writes frequently for both the academic and practice communities and, with his colleagues and coauthors, has produced more than 155 chapters, reports, and articles for journals such as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Strategic Governance, Public Administration Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He also is editor of the fourth edition of The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management and co-editor of The Research Handbook on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy. David earned his Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Jennifer is a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and is honored to teach each year in the fundraising series training and educating nonprofit professionals of today and tomorrow. She has a BA from Iowa State in Religious Studies and Sociology and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from UMKC.
In 2013, he was named Volunteer of the Year by Nonprofit Connect, Kansas City’s association for philanthropy, and in 2015 was recognized with the Regional Leadership Award from the MidAmerica Regional Council. Through MARC, he has spoken frequently for the past 15 years on the implications of the demographics of the Baby Boomers, and how we can view the increasing number of these older adults as opportunities, rather than as problems.
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