The Hall family and Hall Family Foundation announced plans for a $75 million donation to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for a new medical research building. The gift, which comes from the philanthropic foundation run by the family behind Hallmark Cards, hinges on the passage of a half-cent Jackson County sales tax for medical research.
The tax, which was approved last month for November’s ballot, would raise an estimated $40 million over 20 years for the creation of the Jackson County Institute for Translational Research and Medicine, a collaborative effort between Children’s Mercy, Saint Luke’s Health System, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.
Donald J. Hall, Sr. encouraged the passage of the tax and said the gift from his family’s foundation would provide Kansas City a short-term economic boost and help shape the city’s long-term future.
“This gift eliminates the need for taxpayer dollars to go toward bricks and mortar,” Hall said in a statement. “It allows the proceeds of the sales tax to go directly toward hiring world-class scientists, researchers and support staff, and it will provide them with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to find new treatments for today and new cures for tomorrow.