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Lilly Endowment Inc. was founded in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. for the “promotion and support of religious, educational or charitable purposes.” Throughout its history, the Endowment has sought to nurture the human spirit, intellect and character. When once asked what the main purpose of the Endowment should be, Eli Lilly said, “I hope we could help improve the character of the American people.”

Our founders viewed character and human development in the context of community and encouraged unselfish concern for the welfare of others. The value they placed on philanthropy, which was in large part motivated by their religious faith, was expressed by Eli Lilly when he said: “Owing everything we are to the past and present generations, each of us must be willing to give unstinted help to others.”

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

17 projects, undertaken by 18 grantees, will be developed throughout Marion County in order to enhance quality of life, benefit all those who live, work and play in Indianapolis, and foster a creative, energized and forward-thinking community.

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Strengthening Students' Pathways to Success

Strengthening Students' Pathways to Success

Lilly Endowment has launched the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students. The multi-year initiative will help public school corporations and charter schools create new approaches to school counseling that address the academic, college and career as well as social and emotional counseling needs of their students.

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Renewing Teachers Through the Power of Story

Renewing Teachers Through the Power of Story

Indiana K-12 educators strengthened their commitment to their students by visiting CANDLES Museum and meeting its founder, Eva Kor.

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