Dr. Carl Jelley cared deeply for the well-being and education of local children. He firmly believed that hard work, responsibility, honesty, and integrity are the building blocks of a meaningful and purposeful life.

Dr. Carl Jelley
Dr. Carl Jelley

Dr. Jelley was deeply devoted to helping all children and youth, regardless of demographics, reach their full potential. The endowment established in his name continues to exemplify Dr. Jelley’s dedication to children’s education by providing funding annually through Truman Heartland’s Community Grants process.

Ten years ago, in 2013, the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education was established with an initial estate gift of more than $1.6 million. That first year, $90,000 in grants impacting children’s education were put to work in the community. This year, after ten years of giving and growth, more than $140,000 will be awarded to 17 nonprofits, and the current value of the endowment fund is nearly $3 million. In total, 43 nonprofits have benefited from The Jelley Foundation’s support. Please take a moment to review this commemorative anniversary flyer (LINK) to see a list of awardees and reflect on the impact of this estate gift.

When we talk about leaving a legacy, THIS is what we are trying to describe. The Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education has supported 43 organizations with $1,074,938 and is a perfect example of how you can turn an estate gift into an amazing community endowment that will continue to build and grow for years to come.

Talk to your financial advisor or call Cole Eason, our VP of Advancement, to learn how you can use your estate to have a profound impact on your community long after you’re gone.