About Us

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Our Mission

The McKinney Family believes environmental sustainability is the key to the future of Indiana. Therefore, the McKinney Family Foundation (MFF) is committed to building an environmentally sustainable future for every Hoosier. Through strategic partnerships, MFF advocates for environmental justice, seeks to conserve natural resources, supports a just transition to a clean energy economy, and empowers Indiana communities to live in a healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable manner.

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Our Vision

We envision an environmentally sustainable future for all Hoosiers achieved through inclusive democracy, strategic collaboration, and our resolute commitment to this vision. The McKinney Family Foundation strives to be the foremost catalyst for environmental advocacy, progress, and leadership in Indiana.

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Our Purpose

The McKinney Family Foundation:

  • Convenes local, regional, and national experts, advocates, and funders to form a collaborative and coordinated infrastructure for environmental change.
  • Provides expertise on Indiana environmental issues with advocacy groups, civic and nonprofit organizations, and peer funders.
  • Serves as Indiana’s anchor funder and the hub for national peer funders to support this work in Indiana.
  • Connects organizations seeking funding outside of MFF’s scope to peer funders who may support those efforts.

Focus Areas

The McKinney Family Legacy

The McKinney Family Foundation (MFF) is a multi-generation family foundation established in 2010 by Robert H. McKinney and his five children – Robert C. McKinney, Marni McKinney Waterfield, Kevin K. McKinney, Kent A. McKinney, and Lisa C. McKinney.

In addition to MFF’s focus areas, Mr. McKinney’s personal philanthropy supports postsecondary and legal education and scholarship at the United States Naval Academy, Indiana University, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Earlham College, University of California Berkeley, Marian University, as well as numerous community-based and civic organizations.

The Foundation’s early work primarily focused on conservation, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, supporting the city of Indianapolis’ sustainability initiatives, higher education and the arts. Today, MFF strives to be the foremost catalyst for climate change solutions, environmental progress, and leadership in Indiana.

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Board Members

Staff Members