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Veteran Endowment Fund

Providing support for U.S. veterans and their families.



Helping persons with disabilities reach self-sufficiency and independence.


Sirleine M. Smith Library Science Scholarship

Creating awareness of a library science degree to those looking for an exciting career helping others.


St. Joseph River Greenway

Connecting community to nature trails creating a significant effect on public health and wellness as well as conservation.


Investing in the future of Indiana’s DeKalb County

The Community Foundation DeKalb County promotes community philanthropy by offering local citizens the opportunity to create a charitable legacy that will sustain and improve life in our county.

The Community Foundation provides a way for you to invest in the community’s future by creating permanent support for the charitable programs and organizations you care about. When an endowed fund is created, these gifts are invested for growth and income. Each year part of the fund’s growth is returned to the community in the form of grants for specific initiatives, events, or programs of area non-profit organizations. And each year a portion of the fund’s growth is reinvested to ensure that the fund will remain active forever.

Since the Foundation’s creation in 1996, donors like you have helped build just over $23 million in permanent and non-permanent endowment funds that grant over $889,000 a year to worthy local causes. These grant dollars strengthen our community and make life better for all of us who live, work, and play in DeKalb County.

Learn about Matt Bechdol’s Involvement
Improving the quality of life in DeKalb County with grants and scholarships from generation to generation.

Bryan Nugen Shares Personal Stories
Reinvesting local dollars into our community making a huge impact on others in the future.

Phil Carpenter Talks River Greenway
A Planning Grant from the Community Foundation kick-started the St. Joseph River Greenway in St. Joe, Indiana. 

Chris Stackhouse – Director, RISE, Inc.
RISE, Inc. partners with the community to support adolescents and adults with intellectual and or physical disabilities.

Alisha Shank – Director, Image of Hope
Sharing success stories at Image of Hope Ranch in healing emotional and physical disorders of those needing extra help.

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We assist donors in providing permanent charitable support for the community.

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Awarding grants and scholarships that address today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.