T hroughout their lives, J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons – Eli and J.K. Jr. – demonstrated a belief in helping communities grow stronger by supporting charitable organizations. They created Lilly Endowment in 1937, and it reflects their commitment to the causes of community development, education and religion, which remain at the center of our grantmaking today. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. We maintain a special commitment to our founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
We generally consider proposals in three areas of interest: community development, education and religion. We also pursue initiatives that benefit youth and that promote the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism.