For more than half a century, the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation has enriched the quality of life on Cape Cod, supporting nonprofit organizations that serve the health, social, educational, cultural and environmental needs of the people who live here.
The foundation’s broad mission is “to promote the health and welfare of the inhabitants of Barnstable County” and a board of directors that represents a cross-section of the community enable the foundation to respond to changing needs. Recognizing that Cape residents would be severely impacted by the deep recession that started in 2008, the Kelley Foundation quickly adjusted its focus to devote a significant portion of its grants to the basic needs of food, shelter and medical assistance.
Gains in the foundation’s corpus enabled the board of directors to increase its support to the Cape community. In 2019, through the foundation’s traditional grants program, 31 nonprofit groups received nearly $300,000, as well as $500,000 for Cape Cod Healthcare's Capital Campaign.