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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 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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Confronting Hunger in the Heartland

Confronting Hunger in the Heartland

Endowment grants are helping hunger-relief agencies working to reduce the number of food-insecure Hoosiers. The grants are part of efforts to help human service organizations in central Indiana strengthen their long-term financial sustainability.

 

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CBLC Provides ‘Window and Mirror’

CBLC Provides ‘Window and Mirror’

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s Center for Black Literature and Culture seeks to be a space that illuminates African-American contributions and welcomes all audiences to learn, discover and reflect.

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The Future of Native Contemporary Art

The Future of Native Contemporary Art

Native Art Now! is a retrospective look at the evolution of Native contemporary art across North America produced by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

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