The gift to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation includes $11.8 million for programming enhancements, $8 million for infrastructure improvements and the expansion and renovation of Bloch Heritage Hall, and $1.2 million for RooStrong, a new UMKC program designed to boost student retention, six-year graduation rates, and career outcomes by supporting students at pivotal times in their college career.
The gift follows a $10 million commitment from the foundation in January to establish, in partnership with the H & R Block Foundation and the University of Missouri System, a $20 million scholarship program. Henry Bloch, who co-founded H&R Block with his brother, Richard, died in April at the age of 96; Marion Helzberg Bloch died in 2013.
"The commitment of the Bloch Family to Kansas City and to Kansas City’s university has been steadfast, highly impactful, and beyond generous," said UMKC chancellor Mauli Agrawal. "This gift honors the memory of Marion and Henry Bloch by building upon the legacy they created with the Henry W. Bloch School of Management as the provider of premier business education that Kansas City needs and deserves."
"My parents believed in Kansas City, and they believed in UMKC as a key engine for progress in the community they loved,” said Bloch Family Foundation chair Tom Bloch. “The Bloch Family Foundation has consistently supported growth through access to high-quality business education in greater Kansas City, and we are confident that the initiatives supported by this gift will advance that goal."