Mr. Dekko left us with two major things.
- A savings account or endowment that has grown to about $228 million.
- The mission to foster economic freedom through education.
When we’re at work we talk about economic freedom all the time. We define it as: “The ultimate liberty to make choices about one’s own life.” We started wondering if any of you ever think about economic freedom. Last week we asked our Facebook fans to tell us their definition. They were pretty impressive–we thought we’d share are few of them here.
My definition of Economic Freedom:
Natalie Reick Axel: To live a comfortable, independent life with the ability to prepare for the future.
Timothy Bruce: The freedom to prosper within a country without intervention from a government or economic authority. individuals are free to secure and protect ones’ own human resources, labor and private property.
Shannon Lowenberg Harper: Economic freedom is the ability to continually increase the quality of life for yourself, your family and your community by striving to be the best you can be. To make a difference and serve in any and all ways you can.
Doris Winkler Hobbs: Economic freedom allows one to be ‘all that he or she can be.’ One can set goals, and have the freedom of striving to attain those goals. One may choose their occupation or profession to earn they money, then are able to choose to spend that money on material goods or investments…all without the intervention of the government.
Doug Jones: Having just enough.
Sara McAlexander: “It is the ability to volunteer and help different people, churches, business and civic organizations, not only in our communities but the state and our country. Not to have to worry about how your ends are gonna meet so that you can volunteer.
Julie Neas: The freedom to make an impact on your community. being able to not only take care of yourself but help others as well.
Renea Salyer: Economic freedom is peace of mind and the ability to reach your dreams without limitations.
We’re always interested in your take on our mission–so let us know if you have economic freedom thoughts! firstname.lastname@example.org