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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 Llewellyn Crain, Director of Development, at (816) 218-2646.

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+

Donald and Adele Hall
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 & Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
Sarah and Landon Rowland

$500,00 - $999,999 

Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
DST Systems, Inc.
United Missouri Bank of Kansas City, N.A.

$250,000 - $499,999

Karl Hanzelius Irrevocable Trust
Kearney Wornall Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott
Richard J Stern †
United Telecommunications, Inc.
Yellow Freight Systems Foundation

 $100,000 - $249,999

Geraldine & R.A. Barrows Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bloch
H & R Block Foundation
Butler Manufacturing Company
The Commerce Foundation
Ann Dickinson
Landis B. Elliott Trust
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Jewel Ball
Junior Women’s Symphony Alliance
Kansas City Southern Industries
Kansas City Star
William T. Kemper †
Debbie and Bob Kipp
Bill and Peggy Lyons
The Sosland Foundation
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Spencer
Symphony League
Symphony Women’s Association
Union Pacific Foundation 


$25,000 - $99,999

Dr. & Mrs. William L. Bayer
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bernard, Sr.
Boatmen’s First National Bank of Kansas City
Jacqueline B. Charno Charitable Trust
Barton P. Cohen & Mary Davidson Cohen Charitable Fund II of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation
Estate of Landis B. Elliott
Employers Reinsurance Corporation
The Milton W. Feld Charitable Trust
Parker B. Francis III Foundation
Friends of the Symphony
Harriet Dale Hanson
Barnett and Jennifer Helzberg
Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Henson
Aimee V. & J.C. Higdon Charitable Trust
Trust Estate of Helen Hummel
Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development Corp.
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
George and Wendy Powell Donor Advisory Fund
Realex Corporation
Helen Robinson Trust
Mrs. Lillian Smith Shaw
Mr. and Mrs. Morton Sosland
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sosland
Stern Brothers & Co.
Mr. & 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 an 8-percent annual average rate of return. The Symphony’s spending policy allows it to draw up to 5 percent of the endowment fund’s average fair value on a prior three-year rolling basis.