UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Fund

Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee
Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee, donors

The UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund and Emergency Relief Funds are designed to recognize the importance of engaged, well-qualified staff to support the overall mission of the university. These funds will not only have a significant impact on the individuals who receive support but also on the entire campus. These funds were made possible by two donors and long-time volunteers and champions of the university, Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee. Bill and Mary Kay believed strongly that part of what makes a great university is investing in its people. It was their intention that these funds be used by staff for professional and career growth and also to aid with unforeseen crises.

The Staff Professional Enrichment Fund supports qualified staff by reinforcing their competencies and strengthening their talents and abilities. This fund can be used to help cover registration fees and travel costs for professional development opportunities, such as conferences, conventions, summits, seminars, and professional development materials/tools. Funding is available for individuals or a group of staff. The next deadline to apply for the Staff Professional Enrichment Fund is January 1st, 2022.

The focus of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide monetary support during times of temporary or unforeseen financial hardship. In addition to staff development, the donors recognize that sometimes staff members are confronted with unexpected, personal hardships that make it difficult to maintain a fulfilling work and home life. The donors want these individuals to have a way to obtain assistance to get them through a temporary challenge in their lives. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to provide these opportunities to staff. A committee will review all requests and may make recommendations to the staff member to participate in financial counseling, debt management or Employee Assistance. Applications can be submitted year-round for the Emergency Relief Fund.

Visit SPEER Fund to learn more and apply.