ROBERT E. AND EVELYN MCKEE FOUNDATION HISTORY
The Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation was chartered in the State of Texas as a nonprofit, charitable corporation in 1952 without capital stock. An original gift from the founders in the amount of $40,000.00 was received in 1953 and in the same year grants were awarded totaling $8,962.50. Since that modest beginning, the fund's balance has increased through gifts, legacies, and capital improvement. As of December 31, 2014, the annual donations made by the Foundation since its inception reached the total of $14,590,380.99. Changes in the laws governing foundations as well as economic and sociological changes have altered the Foundation's pattern of giving from time to time. However, the basic principles and desires of the founders is being adhered to by the officers and trustees.
The purpose of the Foundation is to operate exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), and to transact such other business as may be permitted corporations exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Code and incorporated under the Texas Non-profit Corporation Act. Within such purposes, but without other limitation, such charitable purposes shall include to aid, provide, further, assist and make contributions, gifts, grants, or other forms of financial assistance exclusively to charitable corporations, organizations or associations organized and operating within the United States in the categories of civic, cultural and religion; education, literature, and science; hospitals; medical, medical research and mental health; rehabilitation and welfare; youth activities; and community funds.
PHILANTHROPY IN TEXAS MAGAZINE
Frances McKee Hays, Louis Bernard McKee and Margaret McKee Lund
The Robert E. and Evelyn Foundation and the McKee Family were profiled in the September/October 2001 issue of Philanthropy in Texas magazine. Included in this issue was a feature article entitled Master Builders - The Robert E. McKee Family by Betty Jaraba of the EPISD Fund, El Paso, Texas. In recognition of the magazine profiling, the McKee Family and the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation were honored with a reception sponsored by Philanthropy in Texas Magazine and the Santa Teresa Country Club on Thursday, October 11, 2001 at the Santa Teresa Country Club in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
TEXAS PHILANTHROPY HALL OF FAME
The Foundation and McKee Family was nominated to and inducted into the Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame at the 5th Annual Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame Gala on Friday, November 2, 2001 at the Fairmont Hotel - Regency Ballroom in Dallas, Texas. McKee family members and Foundation Trustees from across the country attended the Gala as well as the Profiles Luncheon that preceded the Gala.
Induction Ceremony - 5th Annual Texas Philanthropy
Hall of Fame Gala
Louis B. McKee - President, Treasurer & Trustee - Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation
CEREMONY REMARKS BY LOUIS B. MCKEE
“On behalf of the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee family and Trustees of the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation, I would like to express our appreciation to the Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame for the inclusion of the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Family of El Paso as a 2001 Hall of Fame Inductee. I am proud and honored to represent the McKee Family and the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation at this occasion that assembles individuals who are dedicated to helping others. Thank you for inviting us and we thank all of you here for your support of our agenda.”