Our community, our kids. Together we make a difference.

Join Us in October! For more than a dozen years, local Decatur residents have come together in the fall for fellowship, fundraising, and food. We hope you’ll join us for Supper & Sips (formerly Boil & Brew), a festive evening of Southern food, tasty beverages, fun games and a lively auction. For details and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
Become a Mentor
There are many ways to give back to your community through DEF.  Volunteering as a mentor can be an incredibly meaningful way to connect with a Decatur student and establish a relationship with a lasting impact. For more information about becoming a mentor in one of our three programs, click HERE.
2016-2017 Impact Report
DEF works through the year to make a difference in the lives of Decatur’s youth. Our Impact Report highlights our work in and beyond the classroom and in the community, from special programming and field trips, to college mentoring and assistance for students in need. To read the full report, click HERE.
  • Why We Support DEF

    We believe that by enriching the lives of local children in need, we will strengthen the community as a whole. We made a gift specifically to support summer opportunities so that other parents in our community can breathe easier, knowing their children are in safe and fun learning environments.

    — James and Amy Radford, Decatur parents
  • Support for Small and Big Initiatives

    “DEF’s magic recipe is that it supports small things that make a big difference as well as larger strategic initiatives. Whether it’s the pair of glasses for a girl who needs them to read, a grant to ensure that all kids can take advantage of enriching summer adventures or funding big collaborations in the arts, technology and sciences, DEF is there with ideas, support and funding.”

    — Margaret Master
  • An Investment in Our Community

    The biggest reason we support the DEF is that it is an investment in our community. We have chosen for our kids to attend our local public schools because we believe our kids are getting an excellent education while also experiencing true diversity. When we donate our time or money to DEF causes, we know it is being used for something tangible that will truly help a student succeed in life.

    — Molly Marrah, Decatur parent
  • Why we STEP UP for teachers

    I don’t want to miss any opportunity to publicly thank our teachers for their amazing work. DEF is an important support system for our city schools, and I am glad to help their efforts by participating every year in the STEP UP for teachers campaign.

    — Laura Willard, CSD parent
  • The Power of Partnerships

    DEF touches the lives of many Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) children through the Computer Lab supplied by DEF and its partners, the DEF scholarships provided to high school graduates, and the Opportunity Partnership that opens doors for DHA youth to help them achieve their dreams.  We greatly value our working partnership with DEF, and appreciate how DEF empowers success within DHA youth while respecting the vision of each student.

    — Doug Faust, Executive Director Decatur Housing Authority
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