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ROLLIE R KELLEY FAMILY FOUNDATION FUND

Rollie R. Kelley was a successful businessman and entrepreneur who lived a life of charity with a strong sense of duty to the community.

In the early 1990s he had a dream to create an entity that would continue this philosophy long after he was gone. From this dream, the Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation was born in 1994. In addition to life-long service to the YMCA, Shrinersand Civitan International, Mr. Kelley served as a trustee to the Iliff School of Theology and his alma mater, Dakota Wesleyan University. Mr. Kelley passed away in September of 1999.

Administered by his three children, the Foundation seeks to continue Mr. Kelley’s pursuit of enhanced business and cultural education in the Rocky Mountain region. To that end, the Foundation has contributed regularly to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Colorado Council on Economic Education, Junior Achievement, the Iliff School of Theology, and Denver Urban Ministries, among others.

As a 33rd degree Mason, Mr. Kelley also worked with the Scottish Rite Foundation and Children’s Hospital to create a program to help children with communicative disorders. After Mr. Kelley’s death, his Foundation joined with the Schlessman Family and Scottish Rite Foundations to establish The Kelley Family/Schlessman Family Scottish Rite Masons Chair in Childhood Language Disorders in the hospital’s Speech and Audiology Department.

The Foundation’s primary source of funding is an annual contribution from Colorado Container Corporation, a corrugated-box manufacturing company founded by Mr. Kelley in 1963. That company, also operated by Mr. Kelley’s children, has contributed a percentage of its annual profits to the Foundation since its inception.

The 2018 deadline for applications is September 4th. Applications will be accepted online; more information will be posted in mid-July.

Please email kelleyfoundation@denverfoundation.org with any questions.