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Mario Palacios, the Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) treasurer, loves a challenge and has since he joined FEC at its inception in 1997.
Purdue Northwest Grants Foundations of East Chicago Award for Supporting Access to Education
55 high school students from East Chicago were awarded four and two year renewable college scholarships valued over $700,000 by the Foundations of East Chicago.

Welcome to The Foundations of East Chicago

Our Mission is to support local schools, churches, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in East Chicago.

To advance this mission, the Foundations of East Chicago will provide financial support through educational assistance in the form of scholarships; the awarding of grants that are strategic to achieve our objectives and by our service and leadership within the community.

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, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations who know the community best and put the money in action where it can do the most good.

Local Organizations Come Together to Help NWI Children

May 27th, 2016

    FEC is a nonprofit organization based out of East Chicago, Ind. with the mission of improving the quality of life for those living in the city. This is primarily done through scholarship awards and grants.   Many of the organizations to which FEC provides grants are small nonprofits with visions of helping children […]

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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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