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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.

2020 VOICE team

2020 VOICES Members

Top Row: Rebecca Pfeffer (Navigator), Sydney Hefty, Sarah Cooper, Morgan Thrush, Addison Ebert

Middle Row: Aidan Wissing, Kaitlin Traylor, Nate Fillenswarth, Vinnie Talarico, Lola Hancher

Bottom Row: Rebekah Johnson, Grace Kamleiter, Abigail Yeager, Liam Franz, Ethan Kerr, Rowan Tinker, Olivia Fetter, Eva Hostetler

Not Pictured: Kadyn Hornbeak, Taylor Richards


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 of DeKalb County’s grant portal.

If this is your organization’s first grant proposal to DeKalb’s VOICE, 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.