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Dekko Foundation, Inc.

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Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

Dekko Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 548, 1208 Lakeside Dr.

Kendallville, IN United States 46755-0548

Telephone: (260) 347-1278

URL: www.dekkofoundation.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-08-31)

Assets: $233,299,924

Total giving: $10,662,208

EIN

351528135

BRIDGE Number

2718326807

Background

Established in 1981 in IN - The Dekko Foundation is a private, family, foundation started in 1981 by the late Chester E. "Chet" Dekko. Mr. Dekko was an entrepreneur, a business and community leader, and a dedicated family man.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation believes that positive child development experiences are the basis for building independent, economically free citizens. Every grant the foundation makes is designed to give young people the developmental experiences that they need to thrive. Foundation grantmaking is concentrated in the following areas: Early childhood development (birth through age five); Middle childhood development (ages six through twelve); Adolescent development (ages thirteen through eighteen); and Community development (related to the advancement of children and young people).

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Adolescent Development

The foundation believes that adolescent development builds on a child's experiences in middle childhood. In this area of focus the foundation funds projects that result in opportunities for young people ages thirteen to eighteen to develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Priorities in the area of Adolescent Development are: 1) actively involving parents in the quality of their child's education; 2) shifting traditional learning environments' focus on adult needs toward a concentration on adolescents' needs; 3) changing traditional learning environments so that they become more closely aligned with adolescents' developmental needs. These environments will include: engaging , age-appropriate materials and learning processes designed to address the developmental needs of each young person; 4) increasing the number of the Developmental Assets that adolescents possess; 5) increasing the ability of youth-serving organizations to address the developmental needs of 13-18 year-olds; 6) strengthening community involvement in the development of 13-18 year-olds; 7) providing leadership opportunities where young people can gain a closer connection to their community; and 8) creating opportunities for young people to gain real responsibility and take meaningful steps toward economic freedom.

Art Dekko

The foundation offers an arts grant to all public and private elementary and middle schools in its grantmaking areas. The grant proposals have simple requirements: 1) Any art, theater or music teacher may apply; 2) To receive funding, children should be active participants (not audience members) in the project.

Before5

The program is designed to support parents in their role as their children's first teachers. The foundation hopes to partner with community organizations such as libraries, churches and county extension offices to educate parents about the important role they play in their child's development. For more information visit the program's website: http://www.before5.org or contact Kimberly Schroeder at e-mail: kschroeder@dekkofoundation.org.

Community Development

The foundation believes that in order for young people and families to thrive, the communities that they live in must be healthy and vibrant. In this area of focus the foundation funds projects that result in community viability and build or maintain the community's ability to support healthy youth development. Priorities in the area of Community Development are: 1) helping communities gain the baseline information they need to understand their strengths and weaknesses; 2) assisting communities in developing an overall plan for addressing their needs and building on their strengths; 3) providing opportunities for families to enjoy leisure-time activities that expose young people to new areas of interest and broaden their experiences; 4) supporting communities as they increase business opportunities, provide leadership skill development and promote charitable activities with a strong youth component; and 5) ensuring that young people and families have the opportunity to experience local events that cause them to build a strong bond with their community.

Early Childhood Development

The foundation believes that quality early childhood education is the basis for a life of economic freedom. For that reason the foundation supports projects that: 1) put child development principles into practice; 2) support parents in their role as their child's first, and best, teachers; 3) encourage community involvement in early childhood development; and 4) invest in the self-sufficiency of quality early childhood development programs.

Middle Childhood Development

The foundation believes that middle childhood development builds on a child's early childhood experiences. In this area of focus the foundation funds projects that result in opportunities for children ages 6-12 to develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Priorities in this area are: 1) actively involving parents in the quality of their child's education; 2) shifting traditional learning environments' focus on adult needs toward a concentration on children's needs; 3) changing traditional learning environments so that they become more closely aligned with children's developmental needs. Theses environments will include: engaging, age-appropriate materials and learning processes designed to address the developmental needs of each child; 4) adding to the number of the Developmental Assets that children possess; 5) increasing the ability of youth-serving organizations to address the developmental needs of 6-12 year olds; and 6) strengthening community involvement in the development of 6-12 year olds.

Nonprofit Toolbelt

The foundation's focus in this program is to fund consulting and facilitation to help nonprofits advance beyond their challenges and elevate their ability to serve young people. The priorities of this program are: 1) helping organizations learn to measure the impact of their work on the people they serve; 2) supporting the exploration, and development, of multiple revenue streams; 3) increasing organizational focus by supporting planning and goal setting; and 4) providing support to address the individualized needs of youth-serving nonprofits.

Triumph Program

To lay the groundwork for economic freedom the foundation invests in quality child care and early education. 1) helping parents understand their roles as their child's first and best teachers; 2) building the child development knowledge of people who interact with children; 3) increasing the management skills of early childhood program directors; 4) challenging the effectiveness of existing early childhood education practices and raising the bar to the high standards that children deserve; and 5) assisting early childhood education programs and childcare centers as they work to become viable, self-sufficient, resources for families and children. The program is a collaboration of parents, early childhood professionals, community leaders and the foundation. For more information contact Kim Davidson at Kdavidson@dekkofoundation.org.

Youth Pods

Through Youth Pods, young people learn about philanthropy and study the needs of the community. The foundation's vision for the program is to help young people: 1) discover the power of their time, talent and treasure; 2) learn to effectively manage and govern a nonprofit organization; 3) play a meaningful and respected role in community development; and 4) work alongside adults to address community issues. There is a Youth Pod in each of the foundation's Alabama, Indiana and Iowa grantmaking areas. For more information visit the Youth Pod web site at http://www.youthpods.org/. You may also contact Kim Davidon at kdavidson@dekkofoundation.org.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-08-31

Assets: $233,299,924 (market value)

Gifts received: $319,903

Expenditures: $13,541,984

Total giving: $10,662,208

Qualifying distributions: $12,121,048