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Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) has supported the community of East Chicago, IN since its inception in 1997. The organization awards annual grants to several educational and community outreach organizations as well as distributing funds through its scholarship program.
Foundations of East Chicago and SMDG, LLC held a “Social Media 101 for Non-Profits” class at Ivy Tech – East Chicago campus as a way of educating local organizations.
Peter Smith has been a loyal, dedicated and hardworking member with the Foundations of East Chicago since its inception. Peter serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Scholarship Committee and, now, we are honoring his hard work and dedication with a newsletter spotlight.

Welcome to The Foundations of East Chicago

Our Mission is to strengthen and improve the quality of life in East Chicago through strategic grant making, providing leadership, and serving as a community resource.

The Foundations of East Chicago are committed to improving the lives of every resident of our city.

Conceived by the citizens of East Chicago to be independent, citizen-run, private foundations, we derive funding from East Chicago’s local casino, and use this money to support local churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations who know the community best and put the money in action where it can do the most good.

Former East Chicago Gang Member Helps At-Risk Northwest Indiana Youth

November 7th, 2015

The loss of young lives to gang violence has been a sad yet prevalent theme in the news media. Gang recruiters target kids who are being bullied or abused and make them feel like they can have safety and camaraderie if they join. East Chicago, IN native and founder of the Reclaim Our Kids program, […]

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  • In the Spring of 2013, Foundations of East Chicago approved funding for a total of $528,266 in Collaboration Grants to be carried out by a wide range of philanthropic agencies in the area, working together to achieve new strengths and economies of scale.
  • Foundations of East Chicago has awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to hundreds of East Chicago students.

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