The Dream of Olin B. Schwab was that no person be deprived of an opportunity to recognize and realize his/her talents and potential career opportunities. During his lifetime, Mr. Schwab pointed out that people who like their work would probably be truly successful in that career.

In 1989, he created the Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation with the mission to identify and support non-profit organizations that provide programs that promote and prepare young people to make informed educational and career decisions. The Foundation leadership is dedicated to keeping Mr. Schwab’s vision alive.

In addition to programs that provide students with opportunities for career exploration, we also take a proactive stance toward ensuring students will be life-long learners with the 21st century skills such as leadership, teamwork, networking collaboration, critical decision making and other social skills that they will need in a 21st Century global economy.

The Schwab Foundation has awarded $4 million and counting to not-for-profit organizations around Allen County.