A generous gift from the Hall Family Foundation is a vote of confidence in Kansas University and its mission.
W hat a magnificent gift. Tuesday afternoon, officials of the Hall Family Foundation announced a gift of $42 million to Kansas University. This not only is the largest gift ever received by KU, it is the largest single gift ever made to a Kansas educational institution.
The gift will be used for a variety of programs at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., KU's Lawrence campus and the Edward Campus in Johnson County. The gift will benefit medical science and research, faculty enrichment, the humanities, undergraduate and graduate studies, professorships and improvement of the school's classroom facilities.
Members of the Hall family have a long history of generous support for the university. Years ago, Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, helped Chancellor Franklin Murphy bring an internationally recognized expert in the field of woven tapestries to KU to work with faculty and students in the School of Fine Arts. Later, Hall and the Hall foundation provided funds for major research facilities at Snow Hall.
In more recent times, members of the Hall family and the Hall Family Foundation, have been generous in their fiscal support for many other KU projects and programs both in Lawrence and Kansas City. This includes the Hall Center for the Humanities which has grown in stature year after year, and major support to the KU School of Business and to KUMC.
Now, the Hall Family Foundation has announced a blockbuster gift of $42 million.
There are several messages to be gleaned from this wonderful gift:
l A genuine, deep interest by the members of the Hall family in sharing their good fortune.
l The family's acknowledgement of the importance of private fiscal support for higher education.
l A strong signal that members of the Hall family and those serving as trustees of the Hall Family Foundation have confidence in the ability of KU leaders to use the funds in the most effective manner.
l The belief that KU can and must play a key role if Kansas City is to grow and prosper as a major metropolitan center and become a national and international leader in the area of life sciences.
In addition to illustrating their own commitment to higher education, the Hall gift should encourage others to consider private fiscal support to KU. The university is about to kick off the public phase of KU FIRST, its new capital campaign, and this gift is a tremenous vote of confidence in KU.
The Hall family, Don and Adele, their daughter, Margaret Hall Pence; their sons, Donald and Dave; as well as trustees of the Hall Family Foundation are to be thanked for this tremendous gift. Donald Hall and Margaret Pence serve on the board of trustees, along with Irvine Hockaday, David Hughes, Robert Kipp, Sandra Lawrence, John Mascotte and Morton Sosland. Foundation President Bill Hall, is not related to the Hallmark Halls but also played a significant role in the KU gift.
This truly is a landmark gift that will help elevate the university to a higher level of excellence and provide many wonderful opportunities and facilities for students and faculty members. It also will facilitate the discovery of new knowledge that will enhance the life of thousands upon thousands of people for years to come.