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About The McKinney Foundation

As a nonprofit organization, registered in Michigan on February 05, 2010, The McKinney Foundation has established the following strategic framework, which shapes and directs our future programs initiatives and partnerships: Organizational Profile


The McKinney Foundation is named in memoriam to our Father, Dr. David W. McKinney, III who passed away in 2008.

With respect to our parents, Hattie and David McKinney, MD who instilled a strong sense of giving back to the community and caring for others, The McKinney Foundation formed as a result of our commitment to honor God, family, and community.

Advised by family and a close friend, forming The McKinney Foundation as a nonprofit was the best way to structure our diverse giving priorities. Each of the three pillars reflect the passion(s) of one or more family members: Health, Entrepreneurship and Environment.


Vision Statement

The McKinney Foundation envisions a community with educational equity leading to a healthy and thriving Detroit Metropolitan Area where each individual is:
  • Assured of Access to quality education
  • Economically empowered
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Aspiring and striving to reach their full potential
  • A productive global citizen

To create this reality, The McKinney Foundation collaborates with like-minded agencies providing quality educational programs.

Mission Statement

The McKinney Foundation seeks to strengthen the metropolitan Detroit community by reinvesting in the citizenry through quality educational programs which help promote healthy living, entrepreneurship, and environmental responsibility.

Statement of Core Values

The values of The McKinney Foundation include:

  • Educational Equity
  • Integrity
  • Respect for all people, the community, and the environment
  • Responsible governance of resources, time and talent
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Collaboration

The Code of Ethics for The McKinney Foundation is derived directly from its core values. These core values serves to inform and guide the decisions and actions of The McKinney Foundation as it develops its policies and informing practices.

The Code of Ethics for The McKinney Foundation

Personal and Professional Integrity

All staff, board members and volunteers of The McKinney Foundation (hereafter shall be known as “the organization”) act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the organization. The organization promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness and integrity.


The organization has an active governing body that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization and oversight of the finances, operations, and policies of the organization. The governing body:

  • Ensures that its board of trustees have the requisite skills and experience to carry out their duties and that all members understand and fulfill their governance duties acting for the benefit of the organization and its public purpose;
  • Has a conflict of interest policy that ensures that any conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof are avoided or appropriately managed through disclosure, recusal or other means; and
  • Is responsible for the hiring, firing, and regular review of the performance of the chief executive officer, and ensures that the compensation of the chief executive officer is reasonable and appropriate;
  • Ensures that the CEO and appropriate staff provide the governing body with timely and comprehensive information so that the governing body can effectively carry out its duties;
  • Ensures that the organization conducts all transactions and dealings with integrity and honesty;
  • Ensures that the organization promotes working relationships with board members, staff, volunteers, and program beneficiaries that are based on mutual respect, fairness and openness;
  • Ensures that the organization is fair and inclusive in its hiring and promotion policies and practices for all board, staff and volunteer positions;
  • Ensures that policies of the organization are in writing, clearly articulated and officially adopted;
  • Ensures that the resources of the organization are responsibly and prudently managed; and,
  • Ensures that the organization has the capacity to carry out its programs effectively.

Responsible Stewardship

The organization and its subsidiaries manage their funds responsibly and prudently. This should include the following considerations:

  • It spends a reasonable percentage of its annual budget on programs in pursuance of its mission;
  • It spends an adequate amount on administrative expenses to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to professional management;
  • The organization compensates staff, and any others who may receive compensation, reasonably and appropriately;
  • Organizations that solicit funds have reasonable fundraising costs, recognizing the variety of factors that affect fundraising costs;
  • Organizations do not accumulate operating funds excessively;
  • Organizations with endowments (both foundations and public charities) prudently draw from endowment funds consistent with donor intent and to support the public purpose of the organization;
  • Organizations ensure that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the organization; and,
  • All financial reports are factually accurate and complete in all material respects.

Openness and Disclosure

The organization provides comprehensive and timely information to the public, the media, and all stakeholders and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information about the organization will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the organization. Basic informational data about the organization, such as the Form 990, reviews and compilations, and audited financial statements will be posted on the organization’s website (TBD) or otherwise available to the public. All solicitation materials accurately represent the organization’s policies and practices and will reflect the dignity of program beneficiaries. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.

Program Evaluation

The organization regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. The organization is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and develops mechanisms to promote learning from its activities and the field. The organization is responsive to changes in its field of activity and is responsive to the needs of its constituencies.

Inclusiveness and Diversity

The organization has a policy of promoting inclusiveness and its staff, board and volunteers reflect diversity in order to enrich its programmatic effectiveness. The organization takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment and constituencies served.


In raising funds from the public or from donor institutions, the organization is truthful in the solicitation materials. The organization respects the privacy concerns of individual donors and expends funds consistent with donor intent. The organization discloses important and relevant information to potential donors.
In raising funds from the public, the organization will respect the rights of donors, as follows:

  • To be informed of the mission of the organization, the way the resources will be used and their capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes;
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities;
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial reports;
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given;
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition;
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law;
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature;
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organizations or hired solicitors;
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share; and,
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.