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The Kansas City Symphony Endowment


The Kansas City Symphony has created several endowment funds to ensure the future financial health and stability of our orchestra. These funds are used to support both specific programs and general operating needs.

Donors may choose to contribute to our endowment funds through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation or the Kansas City Symphony Foundation.

For more infomation on making a contribution, how to target your gift and the benefits you will receive,
please contact Amy Henderson, Endowment Campaign Manager at (816) 218-2627.

Kansas City Symphony Endowment Fund Contributors

The Kansas City Symphony Endowment ensures our fiscal stability and supports our pursuit of excellence. We welcome gifts of any size, but we gratefully acknowledge the contributors to the Kansas City Symphony Endowment listed below who have made gifts of $25,000 or more since 1983.

$1 million+

Barton P. and Mary D. Davidson Cohen Charitable Trust
DeBruce Companies
Mr. Donald Hall, Sr.
Hall Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Mrs. Ewing M. Kauffman
Julia Irene Kauffman Donor Advised Fund
Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.
William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
James B. Nutter and Annabel Nutter
Sarah and Landon Rowland, Ann and Josh Rowland, Jennifer and Matthew Rowland, Liza and Guy Townsend
The Sosland Foundation/Vivian and Hymie J. Sosland Charitable Trust

$500,000 – $999,999

Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Ann and G. Kenneth Baum
DST Systems, Inc.
Peggy and Bill Lyons
Miller and Jeannette Nichols Foundation
United Missouri Bank of Kansas City, N.A.

$250,000 – $499,999

Dr. Irene E. Bettinger
Charles and Virginia Clark
Kearney Wornall Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Debbie and Robert Kipp
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott
Richard J. Stern
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
United Telecommunications, Inc.
Yellow Freight Systems Foundation

$100,000 – $249,999

Geraldine and R.A. Barrows Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bloch
H & R Block Foundation
Butler Manufacturing Company
Vince and Julie Clark
The Commerce Foundation
Ann Dickinson
Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation
Landis B. Elliott Trust
Karl Hanzelius Irrevocable Trust
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, III
Jamie and Bush Helzberg
Irv and Ellen Hockaday
Jewel Ball
Junior Women’s Symphony Alliance
Kansas City Southern Industries
Kansas City Star
William T. Kemper, Jr.
George and Wendy Powell
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Spencer
Symphony League
Symphony Women’s Association
Union Pacific Foundation
Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation

$25,000 – $99,999

Terry and Zulema Bassham
Dr. and Mrs. William L. Bayer
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bernard, Sr.
Boatmen’s First National Bank of Kansas City
Stanley J. Bushman Charitable Supporting Foundation
Jacqueline B. Charno Charitable Trust
Robert and Nancy Cross
The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation
Estate of Landis B. Elliott
Employers Reinsurance Corporation
The Milton W. Feld Charitable Trust
Mr. Michael D. Fields
Parker B. Francis III Foundation
Friends of the Symphony
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Green, Jr.
Harriet Dale Hanson
Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Henson
Aimee V. and J.C. Higdon Charitable Trust
Joan Horan
Trust Estate of Helen Hummel
Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development Corp.
JE Dunn Construction Company
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Symphony Guild
Karbank Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
David Woods Kemper Memorial Trust
Kuehn Foundation
Marley Fund
Mrs. G.M. Mulhern
Nichols Charitable Trust
Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line
Carol Swanson Price Foundation
Realex Corporation
Helen Robinson Trust
Mrs. Lillian Smith Shaw
Joshua and Jane Sosland
Mr. and Mrs. Morton Sosland
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sosland
Stern Brothers & Co.
Michael Stern and Shelly Cryer
Fred Stimpson Trust
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Strandberg
Sutherland Lumber Company
Marilyn and William B. Taylor
Mrs. Amarette W. Veatch
Michael A. Waterford
Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas


A note on the endowment investment policy:

Reflecting different campaigns and gifts for various purposes, endowment gifts are invested by the Kansas City Symphony Foundation and in several different funds at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, both governed by boards independent of the Symphony.

The Symphony’s Board has adopted investment and spending policies for endowment assets that seek to provide a predictable funding stream for programs while maintaining long-term purchasing power. Over the long term, the Symphony expects this investment strategy to provide a 6-percent annual average rate of return. The Symphony’s spending policy allows it to draw a maximum of 5 percent (although new funds are being drawn at 4%) of the endowment fund’s average fair market value over 12 quarters.