Hall-Perrine Foundation seeks new leader

Current President Jack Evans will become the foundation's new chairman

CEDAR RAPIDS — A local philanthropic organization will search for a new leader as its current one plans to move to a new role.

The Hall-Perrine Foundation announced Tuesday that President Jack Evans will become the organization’s chairman of the board. The foundation said it is “actively recruiting” to find Evans’s successor, who will serve as executive director and be in charge of leading its day-to-day work. Evans will continue to serve in his existing role until the executive director position is filled.

The foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953 by members of the Hall and Perrine families.

It donates funding to causes and projects around Cedar Rapids and Linn County, such as a $400,000 grant a new library in Hiawatha or a $5 million grant to restore Cedar Lake and build a bridge across the Cedar River.

Evans started at the organization in 1985 as a board member. He became president in January 1996.

“It has been a great joy to be a part of this Foundation,” Evans said in a news release. “The impact of the family’s foresight is profound. Their generous act 65 years ago has and will enrich the Linn County community in perpetuity.”

Hall-Perrine said it is working with the Overture Group to find an executive director. Interested candidates can email Overture Group Managing Director Brandi Mueller at

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