The foundation started by the late businessman and philanthropist Chester E.
Dekko has awarded more than $685,000 in grants to 15 youth-serving organizations in four states.
The Dekko Foundation, started in 1981 by the late businessman and philanthropist, invests in projects and programs that help build knowledge, skills, and character in children and young people from birth through age 18 so they can be self-sufficient and grow up to be economically free, the Journal Gazette reports.
Its grantmaking is concentrated within 13 counties in four statesIndiana, Iowa, Alabama, and Minnesotawhere Dekko had business or personal interests.
Organizations receiving grants and pledges were: Baker Youth Club, Warsaw: $90,000 over three years to support administrative staffing needs so the organization can be more intentional in advancing its programs and financial sustainability Foundation for Art and Music in Education, Fort Wayne: $5,000 to support students in the foundation's Northeast Indiana grantmaking area in participating in fine arts programs in which they can explore their creativity and express themselves Clarke County Conservation Board, Osceola, Iowa: $100,000 to support the construction of an education center at East Lake Park that will help young people have a greater appreciation for nature as well as provide space for community members to come together, developing character, and connecting with adult mentors through soccer Read the Entire Article
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Co-founders William Mann and David Mravyan devised the Sensimat during a mandatory project for their MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada. Sensimat is a device that helps manage and assess pressure among wheelchair users.