FAQs

Does the Foundation fund organizations outside the Kansas City area?
Not usually; the Foundation prefers to concentrate its philanthropic efforts in the greater Kansas City region, including Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte Counties in Missouri, and Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas. The Foundation’s bylaws state The University of Kansas is an exception to this rule.

Does the Foundation make operating support grants?
The Foundation generally does not provide operating support grants. The Foundation prefers investments in capital projects and programs that enrich the community, help people and promote excellence. The Foundation views its primary function as that of a catalyst, seeking to be responsive to programs that are innovative. Working with the nonprofit community in the Kansas City region, the Foundation strives to create permanent solutions to community needs.

Does the Foundation have an application?
No, the Foundation does not have a formal application, but suggests guidelines for making a request.

Does the Foundation have request deadlines?
No, requests may be submitted at any time. Requests are accepted and reviewed on a year-round basis.

How long does the approval process take?
The Foundation strives to respond to proposals within six to eight weeks. Sometimes, due to the nature of the request, staff workload and the Foundation’s board meeting schedule, the approval process can take longer. The board meets quarterly:
Fourth Monday in March
Fourth Monday in June
Fourth Monday in September
Second Monday in December

Are there organizations the Foundation does NOT fund?
Yes, the Foundation seldom makes grants to or for the following:
• Organizations outside of the Kansas City region
• Political parties, candidates or political activities
• Individuals
• International organizations
• Religious organizations where the primary purpose is promotion of a specific religious doctrine
• Endowments
• Scholarly research
• Event promotion (such as telethons, walk-a-thons, golf tournaments, parties)
• Past operating deficits
• Travel or conference expenses
• 509(a)(3) organizations
• Crowdfunding initiatives

What grant amount should my organization apply for?
The Foundation suggests reviewing the current grant listing here. Grants vary in size based on the program or project. We value organizations that have a diversified base of support and advise that agencies should not rely on the Foundation for substantial, annual support.

Does the Foundation make multi-year grants?
Yes, the Foundation has made grants over two to five years depending on the type of project involved.

Will I be required to submit reports showing how my grant is being used?
Each grant carries different reporting requirements. These requirements will be discussed when an organization is notified of grant approval. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to ensure that the grant is used for the purposes indicated in the grant award.

How many proposals may I submit?
The Foundation typically accepts no more than one proposal per year from an agency.

How will my organization know if its application has been approved?
The program officer who has been working on the request will contact the executive director (or primary contact) by phone or email. An award letter will follow.

Once my organization’s request is approved, how soon will we receive the grant payment?
Grant payments are sent during the last week of the month, typically in the month in which the grant was approved, unless a different payment schedule has been established. Some awards are made as grant pledges, which may carry contingency requirements to be met before grant payments are made.

Is the Hall Family Foundation part of Hallmark Cards or the Hallmark Corporate Foundation?
No, the Hall Family Foundation is separate from Hallmark and the Hallmark Corporate Foundation. The Hall Family Foundation’s assets were derived from the estate of Hallmark Cards, Inc.’s founder Mr. Joyce C. Hall, his wife, Elizabeth Ann Hall, and his brother, Rollie B. Hall. Grants from the Hallmark Corporate Foundation are funded from Hallmark Cards’ annual profits. More information about the Hallmark Corporate Foundation can be found here.

What should I do if I have additional questions?
Please call the Foundation office at 816-274-8516.

The Hall Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of human life.