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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.”

Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs, administered by Christian Theological Seminary, seek to strengthen Christian congregations through renewal and reflection. Details and application materials for the 2020 programs are now available.

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Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation Initiative

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation Initiative

Third Space, a project by Arts for Learning, launched in October 2019 with an installation by Indiana artist Jackie Head at West Newton Elementary. Learn more about this project and other initiative project updates in our ongoing story.

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Planting Seeds for the Future

Planting Seeds for the Future

The National FFA and AgriNovus Indiana are working to inspire a new generation of young people to seek careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture in Indiana and throughout the world.

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