Other Funding Channels
In addition to the private J. J. Keller Foundation, the Keller family maintains donor-advised funds at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The intent of the donor-advised funds is similar to the family foundation: to address critical programs in Northeastern Wisconsin dealing with the root causes of poverty. These funding sources are used when the grants will require extensive ongoing administrative oversight and reporting; when funds are pooled for special projects and initiatives; for community benefit-type projects; and when the family wishes to make an anonymous gift.
More than $19.8 million has been distributed from these funds over the years: $18.7 million since 1995 from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region; $806,854 since 2007 from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, and $308,776 since 2012 from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.
The Kellers also initiated the Keller Adaptive Equipment Needs Fund at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to assist needy families whose children require special equipment for their medical needs. Thousands of dollars have been distributed since 2001 for items such as specialized strollers, indoor and outdoor play equipment, adaptive computer keyboards, and specialized bathroom equipment. This program is administered with the help of occupational and physical therapists at Affinity Health System, ThedaCare and Children’s Hospital-Fox Valley.