The University of Missouri has announced a $25 million gift from the Kinder Foundation to advance teaching and scholarship related to American constitutional and democratic principles, history, and traditions.
The gift from the foundation co-founded by MU alumnus Richard D. Kinder will create an endowment for the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, formerly the Kinder Forum, which was created in 2014 with a $1.67 million gift from the Kinder Foundation to the Jack Miller Center. In addition to funding postdoctoral fellowships, research and travel grants, curriculum development, and the Kinder Scholars Program, which includes a summer internship in Washington, D.C., the institute will offer an interdisciplinary minor in American constitutional democracy.
Through their Houston-based foundation, Kinder and his wife, Nancy, who signed the Giving Pledge in 2011, have supported the Nau Texas Cultural Heritage Center and the Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.
"Future generations should have the opportunity to study and understand the history and importance of how our country and government system was created," said Kinder, co-founder and executive chair of energy company Kinder Morgan. "I am confident this gift will create a world-class institute that will focus on constitutional democracy and what makes America the greatest nation on earth."