McKinley “Ken” Dull Awarded Outstanding Philanthropist Award


McKinley “Ken” Dull, President of McKinley Building Corporation, a prominent commercial construction management, general contracting, and design-build firm, has been awarded for the Outstanding Philanthropist Award in Wilmington by the Cape Fear Region of the North Carolina Association of Fundraising Professionals.  The award recognizes Ken’s exceptional commitment to philanthropy and his significant impact on the community. 

Philanthropic Achievements and Initiatives 

Ken’s philanthropic endeavors have left an indelible mark on the Wilmington community.  Notably, he and his wife, Vicki, have been dedicated volunteers and donors to the Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center, Wilmington’s campus of humanitarian nonprofits.  Their substantial financial contributions and pledges led to the naming of the Vicki Dull Annex; part of the former New Hanover County Jail transformed into office suites for nonprofit organizations. 

Ken’s commitment to higher education is evident through scholarships funded at Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.  His consistent support extends to NC State University, the Linville Foundation, and various initiatives benefiting children in Avery County. 

Exceptional Leadership in Philanthropy 

Ken’s leadership and influence within the Cape Fear region’s building community shine through the creation of the “Day in The Country” fundraising event.  In its 11th year, this event has become a signature fundraiser, generating over half a million dollars in direct contributions.  Ken’s involvement in the Harrelson Center’s Unlock Hope Capital Campaign and the seeding of contributions for the Center’s Endowment further showcase his commitment to long-term stability for humanitarian nonprofits. 

Corporate Culture of Generosity 

As the founder of McKinley Building Corporation, Ken has fostered a corporate culture of generosity.  The company provides matching gifts for numerous nonprofit organizations, and employees are granted one week per year for mission or volunteer leave.  This commitment to service aligns with McKinley Building’s personal values of Family/Faith, Integrity, Relationships, Service, and Teamwork (FIRST). 

Distinguishing Characteristics 

Ken’s service to the community extends beyond philanthropy.  His involvement in civic and professional boards, including the Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen, the NC State Foundation Board, and the South State Bank Board, reflects his dedication to the betterment of the region.  Notably, much of Ken’s philanthropic contributions are given anonymously, underscoring his humility and commitment to making a difference. 

Nomination for Outstanding Philanthropist 

Ken’s nomination and awarding of the Outstanding Philanthropist Award is a testament to his exemplary leadership, unwavering commitment, and transformative impact on the Wilmington community. His multifaceted contributions, both visible and behind the scenes, distinguish him as a deserving candidate for this prestigious honor. 

Read More about Ken’s award in the Wilmington Business Journal