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

Program Intern,
Belinda Martinez

Belinda Martinez


Director of Development,
John Kearney

Sachi De La Cruz


John Kearney was named Development Director of the Hispanic Development Fund in July 2018. Previously, he served on the HDF Advisory Board for 2 years. John received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Secondary Education from the University of Kansas. He spent the first 10 years of his career as a high school social studies teacher and college advisor where he discovered his passion for helping Hispanic students reach their college goals. He is especially passionate about helping DREAMers navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes. His primary role at HDF is to engage donors in giving back to the community through HDF. He loves working in development for HDF because every dollar raised creates opportunities for our scholars.




Ramon Murguia (Chairman)
Board Chair

Janell Avila
Grants Chair
Owner, Solorio & Avila Law Firm

Bobby Hernandez
Founding Board Member
Community Volunteer


Randy Lopez
Program Officer, Wyandotte Health Foundation

Maria Mora
Founding Board Member
Community Volunteer

Raymond Rico
Attorney, Garcia Immigration Law Firm



Mayra Aguirre
Vice President, Hall Family Foundation


Andrew Marquez
Co-founder, SocialUp


Katelyn Girod
Hispanic Community Services Facilitator, Olathe Public Schools


Raul Duran
VP, Community Development Officer, Arvest Bank

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.