Although his professional background is in wealth management, David Kinnear knows the most valuable resources aren’t financial. David understands that investing in people and communities, including the conservation of our natural world, is the true source of wealth creation. Leveraging this knowledge, David and his wife Andrea are committed to causes and efforts that raise awareness and funding for cancer and multiple sclerosis research; improve educational outcomes for Chicago-area schools, and work to preserve our biggest asset: the natural world.
In addition to supporting these causes financially, David Kinnear serves on the Board of Directors at the Cancer Research Foundation and serves as a Board Member and Vice President for Erie Elementary Charter School in Chicago. As a lifelong outdoors enthusiast, David is an active member of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, an organization dedicated to securing the future of hunting, fishing and land management through programs of science, education, demonstration and communication. As stewards of a property formerly owned by the Boy Scouts of America, they are also significantly involved in the conservation of the woodlands and waterways of Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula.
Cancer Research Foundation
Since 2008, David Kinnear has served on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF). Its mission is to raise funds to fund early-career cancer scientists and new directions in cancer science research with the goal of contributing to “Transformational Events” in the prevention, treatment and cure for cancer. The CRF has been funding cancer science for more than sixty years and has had the opportunity to fund individuals who have gone on to truly change the landscape of cancer research. As a board member, David is actively involved in the Cancer Research Foundation’s grant making activities, and works to build and diversify the Foundation’s community of supporters and partners.
Erie Elementary Charter School
EECS provides Chicago children and parents with a high-quality, bilingual, public school option in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago. Erie Neighborhood House guided the founding of Erie Elementary Charter School in 2005, with the overall goal of empowering low-income immigrant communities. David was a Vice-President and Member of the EECS Board of Directors from 2011 – 2020.
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
David Kinnear has supported the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation as a licensee since 2010. Situated on more than 1,200 acres of woodland and waterways, The Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation actively creates educational, management, research and communications programs to enhance the conservation of fish, game, wildlife and their habitats. David’s passion for spending time outdoors with his family has taught him first-hand that preserving natural resources and providing opportunities for outdoor recreation are good for the financial health of the region and its residents.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994, David disclosed his condition to only his immediate family. Since making his diagnosis and involvement with MS public in 2016, David has felt a sense of catharsis and encourages others living with MS to do the same. He has committed himself to raising awareness of MS and works to promote initiatives to repair the nervous system and restore function to people with MS.