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DeKalb’s VOICES of Philanthropy contributes to our community by supporting educational and significant needs.


The Community Foundation’s youth philanthropy group, VOICES, is a grant making advisory group. VOICES meets once a month during the school year to learn about the community and its charitable needs.

VOICES of Philanthropy has members from DeKalb, Eastside, Garrett and Lakewood Park Schools. The students are grade 9 through grade 12. Once appointed, each student serves on the group through his/her high school graduation. The Dekko Foundation and Community Foundation DeKalb County sponsor VOICES, working together to grow a new generation of philanthropic leaders.

VOICE group photo

2021-2022 VOICES Members

Back Row: Matt Jacobs, Ethan Kerr, Nathan Fillenwarth (President), Kadyn Hornbeak, Travers Mason, Regan Nordmann, Kaitlyn Traylor

Middle Row: Morgan Thrush, Ashley Zak, Rowan Tinker (Vice President), Rebekah Johnson (Secretary), Aidan Wissing (Treasurer, Virtual), Grace Kamleiter, Addison Ebert (Historian)

Bottom Row: Matthias Hefty, Joanie Kimpel, Lydia Sullivan, Lola Hanchar, Stella Mix

Not Pictured: Vinnie Talarico


2021-2022 VOICES Navigators

Rebecca Pfeffer – DeKalb High School (VOICES Facilitator)

Marcy Winterholter – Lakewood Park Christian School

Matt Dazey – Eastside High School 

Ryan Hathaway – Garrett High School

 Mallory Clifford – Garrett High School


Who should apply?

VOICES of Philanthropy grants support a wide variety of charitable needs in DeKalb County, Indiana. VOICES also accepts proposals from student-led school organizations. Grants to individuals or for school trips or proms/dances are typically not funded.

When can I apply for a VOICES grant?

The spring grant proposal deadline is February 28th.
The fall grant proposal deadline is November 12th.

How do I apply?

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

If this is your organization’s first grant proposal to VOICES of Philanthropy, include a copy of your organization’s 501(c)3 designation letter.

Who should I contact for questions?

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