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Churches’ ministry to those hurt by the pandemic shows ‘monumental’ growth,...
More than half of Christian congregations say they have started a new ministry or expanded an existing one during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. On average, in fact, these Christian houses of worship began or broadened more than three of their outreach activities in response to the pandemic.
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Episcopal churches in Indiana participate in program to use buildings to...
The Church Buildings for Collaborative Partnerships project, funded by a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative, welcomed its first cohort in June and will launch its second with 12 congregations later this month.
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Lilly Endowment Names New Program Director in Education
Lauren Rush is joining Lilly Endowment’s staff as a program director for education. She plans to begin work at the Endowment in February 2022.
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A New Signature Bridge for Indianapolis
The 16 Tech Community Corporation revealed the design of a new signature bridge that will span Fall Creek at West 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive to connect the 16 Tech Innovation District to Indianapolis’ research/medical corridor and downtown.
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Grants Will Help Theological Schools Prepare Pastors for the Future
Through the Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, Lilly Endowment has approved 84 grants to theological schools across the U. S. and Canada to help them prioritize and respond to their most pressing challenges as they work to prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.
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190 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2021 Clergy Renewal Program Grants
Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) recently announced that 190 U.S. congregations have been selected to receive grants through Lilly Endowment's 2021 National Clergy Renewal Program and the Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations.
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Indiana Youth Programs on Campus Initiative
Indiana Youth Programs on Campus (IYPC) is a new Lilly Endowment initiative designed to help Indiana colleges and universities in their efforts to create new or expand and enhance existing high-quality, on-campus programs for Hoosier youth, ages 5 – 18.
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Lilly Endowment Announces Election of New President
Lilly Endowment has announced that its board of directors has elected Jennett M. Hill as the Endowment’s president, effective February 2, 2022. The Endowment’s chairman, president and CEO, N. Clay Robbins, will remain the Endowment’s chairman and CEO after Hill assumes her new role.
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Lilly Endowment Issues 2020 Annual Report and Special Supplement
During 2020, Lilly Endowment sought to help meet as quickly as possible compelling needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to further important causes in its three areas of grantmaking: community development, education and religion.
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RecycleForce's new peer leadership program helps ex-offenders become leaders.
With support from a $2 million grant made through Lilly Endowment’s Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis initiative, RecycleForce is creating a peer leadership program to help individuals reentering the workforce – and their communities – following incarceration.
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$8 million Lilly Endowment grant to help support new youth center at Eastern...
As part of the Endowment's Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis initiative, an $8.1 million grant was awarded to Eastern Star Church to help create a nearly 57,000-square-foot community center, which will offer a variety of youth resources and programming for the Arlington Woods community.
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Pandemic changed Connecticut’s religious services in ways some pastors and...
Like clergy across the globe, Father Jeffrey Romans of Cheshire learned last year how to conduct worship services by camera, lead theological classes on Zoom or Facebook, and do pastoral counseling by phone.
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2020 Annual Report: Now and for the Future

During this challenging year, the Endowment worked to help meet various urgent needs in Indianapolis, throughout Indiana and nationwide arising from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to help build brighter futures for individuals, families, organizations and communities through our ongoing grantmaking in community development, education and religion.

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Special Report COVID-19: Helping the Helpers

During 2020, the Endowment provided nearly $208 million in grants to support efforts in Indiana and around the country that address a variety of needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This report highlights some of these inspiring efforts.

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