How We Partner
Basic Needs Giving Partnership
In 2007, the J. J. Keller Foundation partnered with the U.S. Venture / Schmidt Family Foundation to collectively create a regional Basic Needs Giving Partnership. The U.S. Venture Open raises funds each year through the Community Foundations in Green Bay, Fox Valley and Oshkosh to support grants that address root causes of poverty. The J. J. Keller Foundation is a grantmaking partner by matching $800,000 toward grants awarded each year to collectively move the need on poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. In addition to our funding the Executive Director of the Foundation serves on leadership committees related to the POINT Poverty Initiative, which grew out of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership.
The Foundation partners with J. J. Keller & Associates to offer project based business solutions to local nonprofit organizations. Each project is a little different garnering skills and talents from various J. J. Keller associates to make a difference in these nonprofit organizations. A grant from the Foundation is awarded to help the nonprofit organization implement the product or service solution.
J. J. Keller Charitable Partnership
The partnership between J. J. Keller Foundation and J. J. Keller & Associates allows the Foundation to support community needs through financial resources, while associates contribute time and talents. In addition to the associate Matching Gifts program, a smaller number of associate led initiatives are supported through the partnership, such as Habitat for Humanity, Catalpa Health, United Way and other efforts. Funds raised by associates through these initiatives to support local nonprofit organizations are matched by the Foundation.
Stories of Impact
E3 is a school-based mental health program funded by a grant through the Basic Needs Giving Partnership. Through the collaborative efforts of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Catalpa Health, NAMI Fox Valley and the Hortonville Area School District, all K-12 students are provided mental health screening and connected to appropriate care. Since E3 started in 2015-2016 school year they have seen a 76% decrease in disciplinary referrals and a 42% decrease in absenteeism for E3 students.
Basic Needs Giving Partnership
NAMI Fox Valley was the recipient of a J. J. Keller & Associates technology Give Camp in May 2017. In a message from Executive Director, Maren Peterson, she states “I just wanted to send a note to let you know that we formally launched our new website last month thank to the J. J. Keller Give Camp. Since launching the site, we have received awesome feedback from community members and have increased class registrations and community engagement! I cannot emphasize enough that this website would not have been possible without the generosity of J. J. Keller & Associates and the J. J. Keller Foundation.
NAMI-Fox Valley Give Camp
myTEAMTRIUMPH is the recipient of a Matching Gifts Program grant thanks to J. J. Keller associate, Shawn Gross. Shawn’s son Nathan is a captain with myTEAMTRIUMPH. According to Nathan’s Story, “I don’t communicate with words but I hear everything. They think I don’t hear them but I do. When I hear there is a race coming I can’t contain myself. I have anxiety and hurt myself so bad that I’ve ended up in the ER. I try not to do this but I can’t help it. But when I am running, biking or being pulled in a raft [with myTEAMTRIUMPH], all of my troubles fade away. I am free.