How It Began

In 1983, the Hall Family Foundation approached leaders in Kansas City's Hispanic community with an innovative idea for them to control philanthropic resources for their own community. The concept had never been attempted before: to give leaders in the Kansas City Latino community resources for them to decide philanthropic priorities in their own community. Through the leadership of Tony Salazar and others in the community, the group rose to the challenge of investing the initial funds contributed by the Hall Family Foundation. 



The Hispanic Development Fund, or HDF, soon proved the concept could become a reality. In 1986, the Hall Family Foundation made a pledge to further support the fund by helping create an endowment. Over the ensuing years the HDF leadership through hard work and perseverance continued to raise more endowment funds, many from within the Latino community. In 2006, HDF, as a result of its growth and success, became a regional affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.


Our Mission

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund's mission is to improve the quality of life of Latino families in Greater Kansas City by engaging the Latino community in philanthropy to build stronger communities through grantmaking and scholarship support.

Advisory Board and Staff

and Scholar Attainment 

Jessica Jasso

Jessica was named coordinator of alumni and scholar attainment of the Hispanic Development Fund in 2016, 
through its joint alliance with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. As coordinator of alumni and scholar attainment, Jessica serves as the liaison between educational institutions and the community for the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program. She is the primary contact for all scholarship inquiries and coordinates the annual scholarship reception. Jessica also works closely with the executive director to develop and implement strategies and tactics to engage donors and prospects. Jessica received a bachelor's degree in secondary education and an endorsement in english as a second language from Kansas State University.



Ramon Murguia (Chairman)
Board Chair, Attorney

Janell Avila
Grants Chair, Owner, Solorio
& Avila Law Firm

Bobby Hernandez
Community Volunteer
Founding Board Member


John Kearney
College Transition Coordinator
Alta Vista Charter High School

Randy Lopez
Vice-Chair, Program Officer
Wyandotte Health Foundation 

Maria Mora
Community Volunteer,
Founding Board Member


Raymond Rico
Garcia Immigration Law Firm

Mayra Aguirre
Vice President
Hall Family Foundation

HDF Impact

During the last three decades, HDF has provided over 200 grants totaling $1.7 million to local nonprofits and awarded $4.5 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 prospective college students.