Lifetime Achievement Award for David Renz


David O. Renz, Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership and Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, will be honored with the Special Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by Nonprofit Connect.

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership is the nonprofit research and leadership development center of the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Nonprofit Connect is a membership organization that links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

In their announcement of the award for Renz – only the second Lifetime Achievement Award presented in the 35-year history of the organization – Nonprofit Connect stated:

“David Renz, Ph.D., has spent the past twenty-five years of his career building the capacity of Kansas City’s nonprofit sector … he is widely recognized for his leadership in research, scholarship, teaching, convening, coaching and consulting.

“Perhaps most impressively, an army of educated, trained, and talented nonprofit professionals have been delivered to our community because of the dedication and commitment of Dr. Renz. His lifetime of leadership has truly changed the landscape of the nonprofit sector in Kansas City.”

Nonprofit Connect honors those who embody the spirit of giving in Kansas City with the Philanthropy Awards. To date, the organization has honored more than 185 established leaders and businesses in the Kansas City area for their contributions to the community.

With more than 1,000 members of the nonprofit and for-profit community attending every year, the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Kansas City’s oldest and largest celebration of giving. The funds raised at the Awards Luncheon allow Nonprofit Connect to continue to offer education, resources and networking so that area nonprofit organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

The Awards Luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. May 1 at the Muehlebach Tower at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The event is open to the public. For more information about the Awards Luncheon, including tickets and sponsorships, please visit

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