W.D. Kelley Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports education, health, and human services in and around Georgetown, Texas. Unsolicited applications are accepted by mail.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: It can be a little hard to get to know this funder merely by poking around online. If you’re involved in the Georgetown nonprofit scene, give the president a call to introduce yourself and your idea.

PROFILE: The W.D. Kelley Foundation is committed to the Georgetown philanthropic community in Texas. It was established in 1996, and was formerly known as the W.D. Kelley Charitable Trust. To learn about Kelley’s story, you can download six chapters of a book/personal essay on the foundation’s website. You also can watch a 20-minute video about the foundation here.

Grantmaking areas are education, health, and human services. However, the foundation gives a large portion of funding to projects for youth and family, and sometimes gives preference to faith-based programs. Kelley looks for good leadership in grantee organizations, as well as innovation in education. This means that nontraditional, experimental, and outside-the-box education projects that challenge local students are welcome here.

Grants are only made to nonprofits and public entities but do not go to endowments or capital projects. To apply for a Kelley grant, you’ll need to download and complete a basic information sheet and write a letter of intent up to two pages long. You’ll also need to include the project budget, IRS status, Form 990, and certified audit or financial statement. All grant applications must be sent to the foundation by mail, as email requests do not appear to be welcome. Applications should be sent to the attention of “Grants Committee.” There are no deadlines published on the funder’s website.

The foundation has given general operating grants to Keep Temple Beautiful, Community Montessori School, GirlStart, Grace Bible Church and Guide Dogs of Texas. It has given recent grant to groups based in Georgetown, Austin, San Antonio, and Temple, Texas.

The foundation has recently held assets of a little over $5 million. Form 990s are available from GuideStar. Dale Illig serves as president, Thomas Baird and Suzanna Pukys as directors, Sandra Illig as secretary, and Carl Illig as associate executive director. General questions can be directed to 512-930-5012 or info@wdkelleyfoundation.org. Another phone number on record is 512-863-2575. The mailing address for this funder is 707 South Rock Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

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