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An Online Hub for Learning and Community Building
With support from a $5 million Lilly Endowment grant, UNCF is launching an online learning platform, HBCUv, where HBCU students and scholars at different institutions across the country can learn and connect.
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National Museum of American History Opens “Discovery and Revelation”
As part of the Religious and Cultural Institutions Initiative, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open the exhibition “Discovery and Revelation: Religion, Science, and Making Sense of Things” on March 18, 2022.
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In Madison, mainline and evangelicals work together to help their churches...
Through the Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative, the Wisconsin Council of Churches convened mainline and evangelical Christians in Madison, Wisconsin to work together for the common good to help their churches thrive.
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Christians, Jews and Muslims experience workplace discrimination differently,...
As part of the Faith at Work research project, supported by an Endowment grant, Rice University has published a new study on findings that Christians, Jews and Muslims experience workplace discrimination differently.
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Lilly Endowment Honors 103 Indiana Educators with Teacher Creativity...
The Endowment is making 103 grants to teachers, principals, media specialists, counselors and other educators working in schools across the state. Grants will fund renewal programs designed to help educators restore their enthusiasm for their profession and stimulate creativity.
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HTI to launch new program with $7.3 million Lilly Endowment grant
The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) is proud to announce that a $7.3 million Lilly Endowment grant will support the creation of a new program to help master’s students discern and navigate their path toward PhD studies.
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African American Cultural Heritage Fund to Develop the Preserving Black...
Lilly Endowment has made a $20 million grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund launch a national effort to preserve Black churches as valuable historic assets.
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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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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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