Entries by Barry Rochford

Grants support organizations’ work with children

The Dekko Foundation, a private family foundation located in Kendallville, IN, with a mission of fostering economic freedom through education, awarded more than $288,000 in grants to 10 youth-serving organizations in four states during its most recent round of grantmaking. The foundation, started in 1981 by the late businessman and philanthropist Chester E. Dekko, invests […]

Sweet home Alabama!

Dekko Foundation staff had a great time recently in Limestone County, Alabama, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. Among the highlights were meeting with City of Athens, Alabama (Public Relations) Mayor Ronnie Marks and learning about plans for a new park; viewing the ongoing renovation work at Athens Arts League‘s Scout Music House; […]

Our office is new; our mission remains unchanged

By Barry Rochford, strategic communication officer “Thank you for calling the Dekko Foundation. How can I help you?” For any potential grantseeker desiring more information about our mission, for any grantee wanting to touch base and share their progress, for anyone reaching out to be connected with our proactive initiatives, that’s the greeting they hear […]

Building skills for future careers

(Note to reader: It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for the Career Development Program at Garrett High School in Garrett, Indiana. First, it’s director, Chad Sutton, was honored by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools as an outstanding public high school skilled trades teacher. Then the program was recognized by the Office of Work-Based Learning […]