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.

Our Mission

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.

Our History

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


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

Community Volunteer

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


Mayra Aguirre

Children, Youth and Families

Sally Groves

Children, Youth and Families and Neighborhood Revitalization

Rebecca Hall

Early and K-12 Education and Children, Youth and Families

Angela Andresen Smart

The Arts, Higher Education and Children, Youth and Families

Contact Us

Hall Family Foundation

PO Box 419580 Maildrop 323
Kansas City, MO 64141-6580
Phone 816.274.8516


Students in Greater Kansas City LISC’s (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) NeighborhoodsNow program enjoy taking turns on their neighborhood’s new slide.