FAQs

Who may apply for a grant?
Any public charitable organization that currently is tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Service regulation 501(c)(3).

How are grants funded?
Grants may be funded by the J. J. Keller Foundation, the John J. & Ethel D. Keller Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the J. J. Keller Foundation Donor Advised Funds at Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

Will foundation staff personally contact our organization?
Yes, if clarification of the grant request or more information is required. Occasionally, foundation staff will conduct site visits.

When is the deadline for grant requests?
Grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Smaller grant requests  are reviewed monthly; larger grant requests  are reviewed quarterly (March, June, September and December). A response typically will be shared within 30 days after the review.

Is the information we provide private? Will you share or sell our information to anyone?
Your information will not be shared or sold to anyone. The foundation complies with the Internal Revenue Service disclosure rules with regard to grant awards as reported on the annual 990-PF.

Does the Foundation limit grants to a certain geographic area?

The J. J. Keller Foundation is proud to support a wide range of organizations throughout the Fox Valley, from Green Bay to Oshkosh. Organizations outside of the area may receive grants through the Associate Matching Gifts Program.

What is the Foundation’s mission?

The J. J. Keller Foundation’s primary mission is to support programs and organizations that address the causes and consequences of poverty. Mental health is another area of interest to the family, and they are very proud of the impact made on programs and organizations.  For maximum impact, the family focuses the vast majority of its funding in their hometown area of Northeastern Wisconsin, specifically the Fox Valley region spanning Oshkosh, Appleton and Green Bay.

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