Fort Wayne Philharmonic board to increase 2008-09 contributions

Posted on: February 10, 2009

The board of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic has pledged a total of $175,000 to the orchestra’s 2008-089 annual fund, compared to $98,000 the previous year. Additionally, the Dekko Foundation, based in nearby Kendallville, has pledged to match personal contributions up to $150,000. Dekko also has pledged to continue to match up to the same amount in 2009-10. “We see the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as an amenity that adds to the overall health and vitality of northeast Indiana,” said Sharon Smith, program director of the Dekko Foundation. “For that reason, we wanted to help the Philharmonic become a stronger, more sustainable organization. By calling attention to the need for increased financial support from board members, the Philharmonic has strengthened an important revenue source. In the long run, that’s a move toward a more impactful and enduring organization.”