Founded in 1943, the Hall Family Foundation supports programs and initiatives in the Kansas City region that seek to effect positive change in our community.
Mr. and Mrs. Joyce C. Hall, our founders.
The Hall Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of human life. Programs that enrich the community, help people and promote excellence are considered to be of prime importance. The Foundation views its primary function as that of a catalyst. It seeks to be responsive to programs that are innovative, yet strive to create permanent solutions to community needs in the Greater Kansas City area.
Students in Greater Kansas City LISC’s (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) NeighborhoodsNow program take an exercise break on an autumn afternoon.
Joyce C. Hall was born on August 29, 1891, in David City, Nebraska. A plainspoken individual, he was raised with a deep respect for hard work and an unwavering commitment to quality. Mr. Hall came to Kansas City in 1910, and, starting with a shoebox full of cards and a rented room at the YMCA, began the business that was to become Hallmark Cards, Inc. In 1921, Joyce Hall married Elizabeth Ann Dilday. Together they built a life dedicated to family and community.
In 1943, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall, along with Joyce’s brother Rollie B. Hall, created the foundation that continues to nurture and strengthen the city they loved. As outlined in the original bylaws, they intended that the Hall Family Foundation should promote: the health, welfare and happiness of school-age children; the advancement and diffusion of knowledge; activities for the improvement of public health; and advancement of social welfare. These purposes were based on a family resolve to help people and enhance quality of life. More than 70 years later, their legacy lives on.
Joyce C. Hall
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donald J. Hall
Chairman of the Board, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Hall Family Foundation
William S. Berkley
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tension Corporation
Peggy J. Dunn
Mayor of Leawood, Kansas
Richard C. Green, Jr.
Managing Director, Corridor InfraTrust Management and Chairman, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.
Donald J. Hall, Jr.
President and CEO/Vice Chairman, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr.
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Robert A. Kipp
Retired Vice President, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Sandra A.J. Lawrence
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Margaret H. Pence
Morton I. Sosland
Chairman, Sosland Companies, Inc.
David A. Warm
Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council
Hall Family Foundation Audit Committee:
William S. Berkley
Sandra A.J. Lawrence (Chairperson)
David A. Warm
William A. Hall, President
Wanda Taylor, Executive Assistant
June Davis, Administrative Assistant
Children, Youth and Families
Children, Youth and Families and Neighborhood Revitalization
Early and K-12 Education and Children, Youth and Families
Angela Andresen Smart
The Arts, Higher Education and Children, Youth and Families
Hall Family Foundation
PO Box 419580 Maildrop 323
Kansas City, MO 64141-6580
Students in Greater Kansas City LISC’s (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) NeighborhoodsNow program enjoy taking turns on their neighborhood’s new slide.