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DeKalb’s Voices of Philanthropy is a group of DeKalb County high school students who work together using time, talent, and treasure to support and enhance the community.


The Community Foundation’s youth philanthropy group, Voices of Philanthropy, meets monthly during the school year to learn about the community and its charitable needs.

Established in 1998, DeKalb’s Voices of Philanthropy is a youth philanthropy group consisting of service-minded leaders from four of the DeKalb County high schools. The Dekko Foundation and the Community Foundation of DeKalb County sponsor DeKalb’s Voices of Philanthropy, working together to grow a new generation of philanthropic leaders. DeKalb’s Voices of Philanthropy meet once a month at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County. Through mentors and partnerships, the youth pod members build leadership skills, philanthropic and board skills, and learn the fundamentals of charitable giving. By interacting with local charitable organizations, the members educate themselves about the community’s needs. Members use their time, talent, and treasure to support and enhance DeKalb County.

Voices of Philanthropy 2024

2024-2025 Members

Back Row: Camdyn Woods, Matthias Hefty, Kiersten Haynes, Sarah DePew, Grace Kamleiter, Lily Kreischer, Kaitlin Traylor, Melanie Nichter, Atalie Gullet

Middle Row: Bridget Dunn, Kaitlin Keesler, Isaiah Hefty, Jacob DiDomenico, Addison Moughler

Front Row: Lydia Sullivan, Vinnie Talarico, Joanie Kimpel, Campbell Warner, Abby Thomas

Not Pictured: Addison Ebert

Facilitator and Navigators

Hailey Carmer LaMaster – Community Foundation DeKalb County Facilitator

Heidi Crider – Lakewood Park Christian School

Matt Dazey – Eastside High School

Ryan Hathaway – Garrett High School

Mallory Clifford – Garrett High School

Nick Frank – DeKalb High School

Voices of Philanthropy Grants

Who should apply?

Voices of Philanthropy grants support a wide variety of charitable needs in DeKalb County, Indiana. Voices of Philanthropy also accepts proposals from student-led school organizations. 

When can I apply for a Voices of Philanthropy grant?

DeKalb’s Voices of Philanthropy Spring dates:

Grants open – January 15, 2024

Grants deadline – March 15, 2024

How do I apply?

Click the “Apply Now” button to be directed to the Community Foundation DeKalb County’s grant portal.

Who should I contact for questions?

Contact the Community Foundation at or call (260) 925-0311.

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