The Automation Alley Fund

Established in 2008, the Automation Alley Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages Automation Alley’s resources to provide economic empowerment opportunities to disadvantaged populations in Southeast Michigan and to develop entrepreneurship within the disadvantaged and minority populations in the region.

2015 projects include:

  • Partnership with Incite Focus: Automation Alley is partnering with Incite Focus to provide opportunities for traditionally underserved youth — including students of Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy — to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • 2nd Annual Automation Alley Hackathon: Hackers will be challenged to develop an app in just 24 hours to benefit the city of Detroit’s IT department.

  • Access DetroIT: Automation Alley will collaborate with the city of Detroit’s IT department on several data collection projects which aim to improve the daily lives of Detroit’s citizens.   

How to support
To donate or for more information, contact Automation Alley at 800-427-5100 or Ask us about annual giving and corporate giving opportunities.

Financial Information

Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization's mission, programs and finances. The following documents are in PDF format and require that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download a copy.

Fiscal Year 2011
990 Form [397KB PDF]

Fiscal Year 2010
990 Form [338KB PDF]

Board of Directors

Brian Balow
Dickinson Wright PLLC

Brian McGinnity

Dan Kocks
Global Impact Group, MFG

Ken Rogers
Automation Alley

Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. 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.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Click here to access the AFP Donor Bill of Rights. 

Privacy Policy

The Automation Alley Fund (the “Fund”) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information the Fund collects when you access or use (the  “Site”). This Policy also includes the steps we take to secure the Site and your personal information. This Policy is incorporated into the Terms of Use for the Site.

Data Collection
"Personally identifying information" is information that individually identifies you, such as your name, address, email address, telephone number and credit card or bank account information. You may be asked to share personally identifying information in order to use the Site.  For example, we ask you for some personal information in order to create an account, and we will use that information to provide services on the Site.

The personally identifying information, including, without limitation, payment information that you share in order to make a donation, is shared with and processed by our service provider, Billhighway.  Billhighway’s privacy policies and practices govern Billhighway’s use of your information and may be found at

The Fund also collects limited non-personally identifying information that your browser makes available whenever you visit a website. This log information includes your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We use this information to operate, develop and improve our services.

Upon your first visit to the Site, a cookie may be sent to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. A "cookie" is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service and to better understand how people interact with us. We do this by storing user preferences in cookies and by tracking user trends and patterns of how people search. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent; however, some features or services on the Site may not function properly without cookies. 

Information Sharing
We will not disclose your information to people or organizations other than Automation Alley or Fund affiliates, except in the limited circumstances described in this Policy.  We may, however, share such information if:

  • We have your consent.
  • The information is aggregated, including, without limitation, aggregated click streaming data, which we may share with third parties.
  • We conclude that we are required by law or have a good faith belief that access, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of the Site, its users or the public.
  • We are transferring ownership of the Site, such as acquisition by or conveyance of the Site.

If you want to see the personal identifying information we have collected about you, or if you believe any information we have is incorrect and you wish to correct it, please contact us at the email address or phone number provided below. You also have the right to request that your personal information be deleted after the completion of any transaction for which such information is required. If we change or delete information in response to your request, we will not then continue to use it; however, some residual information may remain in backup records or records of deletions. 

Information Security
We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. Unfortunately, no data can be guaranteed to be completely secure, including information you provide to the Site. We will not be responsible for any unauthorized access to your personally identifiable information.

Any websites displayed as search results or that you link to via the Site or its services are offered by third parties outside of our control.  Such third party websites have their own information collection and sharing practices. When leaving the Site by linking to a third party website, you should review the privacy policies associated with that website.

The Site does not knowingly collect personally identifying information from children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected such information from a child under 13 without parental consent, the information will be deleted from our database as soon as reasonably possible. 

Communications regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to or by calling (248) 457-3200.

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