Entries by Sharon Smith

Smart, smart people

Every once in a while someone says or does something and we just have to say, “WOW!” Here are three examples we encountered just this week: We chatted with early childhood educators at the JAM Center in Garret, Indiana and they said, “Most people are surprised by this, but children of this age need real life […]

3 deceptively simple questions

What will change? How much will it change? How will you know? Each time one of our program officers meets with a grantseeker, the questions above WILL be asked. Each time, the answer to these questions WILL be an import contributing factor to whether or not our board’s response to the grant proposal is a “YES” or a “NO.” […]

Intern Reveals: “Top 5 Dekko Foundation surprises!”

You know how you get an idea in your head…then things turn out way differently? Lauren Butler, a senior at East Noble High School, works with us half days as an ICE (Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education) Student.  We asked Lauren to share her top five surprises about working at the Dekko Foundation.  They are: 1. “The grant proposals go through many more […]

Pssssst….Want some insider info?

Who WOULDN’T want an inside glimpse into how a foundation thinks and works? Here, as simply and clearly as we can offer them, are three things that make a huge difference on whether or not a project receives an investment from our foundation: Can we agree on what children need?    All of our grants are aimed […]

Pie? Lemon meringue please!

One of the best parts of working at the Dekko Foundation is meeting the people we serve.  They have lots in common!  They love their community.  They love kids.  And often they’re not quite happy with how things are going for children. After our travels we share stories…like this one:  A few weeks ago Ashlee, […]