Entries by Barry Rochford

Dekko Foundation provides support for community learning center

The Dekko Foundation announces a funding plan has been established to help move forward the community learning center in Kendallville, a collaborative project to provide educational opportunities to residents of all ages. The foundation, which promotes economic freedom through education, is among a group of local organizations that for the past several months have been […]

Our latest conversation starter: Golden

By Barry Rochford, strategic communication officer It’s here! Golden, our conversation starter that celebrates young people ages 13 and beyond, is here. This book encapsulates seven time-tested youth development principles that inform our grantmaking and apply to our mission of promoting economic freedom through education. Golden has been a long time in coming. It’s based […]

Challenges kids face are great, but so too is commitment to overcome them

By Barry Rochford, strategic communication officer So many children face so many obstacles to growing up into confident, independent adults — maturing into women and men who demonstrate compassion to their neighbors, are capable of contributing to their communities, and find themselves engaged in a fulfilling vocation. Indiana Youth Institute’s recent Kids Count Conference in […]

Still committed to arts programming

By Barry Rochford, strategic communication officer We recently notified educators and arts organizations about our decision to end our Art Dekko proactive grantmaking initiative. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain a little more about how we came to that decision while also affirming our continued commitment to investing in arts experiences for young […]

Working together to promote youth philanthropy

By Barry Rochford, strategic communication officer The National Center for Family Philanthropy (ncfp.org) published a great article about our partnerships with community foundations in our grantmaking areas to encourage young people to get involved in philanthropy. Our Kimberly Schroeder was among those interviewed for the article, which also featured the Community Foundation of Noble County’s […]