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Endowment Makes Second Round of Indiana K-12 School Counseling Grants
June 29, 2018: Lilly Endowment makes grants to strengthen counseling efforts for Indiana K-12 students. Schools in 49 of Indiana's 92 counties are now part of the Endowment's initiative to help improve school counseling.
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Endowment Issues 2017 Annual Report - Toward a Meaningful Future
June 25, 2018: Lilly Endowment's annual report highlights its founders’ belief that philanthropy at its best helps individuals live lives of meaning, encourages self-reliance, and nurtures their capacity to care for others and serve their communities.
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Fellowship Program Asks Indiana Educators to Dream Big
May 10, 2018: Lilly Endowment invites Indiana K-12 teachers, principals, school counselors and media specialists to explore the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program.
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Endowment Elects Robert L. Smith as Vice President for Community Development
Mar. 28, 2018: Lilly Endowment announced today that Robert L. Smith has been elected the Endowment’s vice president for community development, effective July 1, 2018. Smith will succeed Wallace “Ace” Yakey, Jr., who will retire from the Endowment on June 30.
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16 Tech Announces Grant to Support Indianapolis Innovation District
March 22, 2018: The 16 Tech Community Corporation announced today a $38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. that will help fund the initial development phase of the 16 Tech Innovation Community on the near northwest side of Indianapolis.
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Endowment Names New Program Director
February 12, 2018: Lilly Endowment has named Brent Lee a new program director in community development.
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Lilly Endowment Names 2018 Teacher Creativity Fellows
Now in its 31st year, Teacher Creativity Fellowships in 2018 are honoring 100 Indiana teachers, principals, school counselors, media specialists and librarians.
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Grants to Strengthen Agencies' Financial Sustainability
Jan. 8, 2018: Lilly Endowment has approved $80 million in grants for seven human services agencies that help individuals with disabilities and three agencies that help vulnerable children and youth – all based in central Indiana – to enhance their long-term sustainability.
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Initiative to Strengthen Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation
Jan. 4, 2018: Through a new initiative, Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation, the Endowment is encouraging ideas that uplift the unique and important role that arts and cultural organizations play in building strong communities.
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Initiative to Help Pastors Thrive in Congregational Ministry
Jan. 19, 2018: Lilly Endowment Inc. has launched a new national initiative to help clergy working in congregations thrive in their roles as pastoral leaders. Through Thriving In Ministry, the Endowment is inviting organizations that support clergy to participate in a national competitive initiative.
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Grants to Aid Hurricane Harvey, Irma Recovery Efforts
Sept. 20, 2017: Continuing its long-standing practice of supporting disaster relief and recovery efforts, Lilly Endowment has approved $30 million in grants in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
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Support for Marion County Neighborhood Renewal
Oct. 27, 2017: The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership has announced plans to invest $5 million to rehab abandoned houses and build new homes in three Marion County neighborhoods.
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Annual Report

Endowment efforts in 2017 reflected our commitment to strengthening relationships with organizations that are committed to education, community development and religion.

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Outreach, a faith-based organization that helps homeless teenagers and young adults, is breaking ground on a new building. A $1.275 million grant from Lilly Endowment is helping Outreach with its $3 million campaign.

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