From Small Acorns … Great Oaks Grow

Story of the Foundation

John J. “Jack” Keller started his one-man transportation consulting business with help from his wife, Ethel, in 1953. Over the years, the privately held company grew and evolved into a marketplace leader.  When asked about the company’s success, Jack often used the analogy, “from small acorns … great oaks grow.”

The couple wanted to share their success with the community, so in 1990, Jack established a foundation (originally known as the Keller Foundation Ltd.) in celebration of Ethel’s 70th birthday.

A Focus on Basic Needs

The primary focus of the J. J. Keller Foundation is to provide funding to support programs and organizations that address the causes and consequences of poverty – along with other specialty areas of interest, such as mental illness – in the greater Fox Valley region.  We work to meet “basic human needs” with a special concern for physical and mental health and healing, human services, life skills training, preventative programming and critical community needs.

The J. J. Keller Foundation is a private, independent family foundation, rather than a corporate foundation. We are a separate entity from J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. ®, although we invite associates in the company to participate in charitable Foundation endeavors, such as a matching gifts program, Habitat for Humanity home builds, the Catalpa Health “Race for a Reason” and other benevolent work in the community.