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Lilly Endowment Launches National Initiative to Strengthen Christian...
Lilly Endowment is launching a new initiative to help Christian pastors strengthen their abilities to proclaim the gospel in more engaging and effective ways.
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Lilly Endowment Names New Program Director in Community Development
Julie Whitman is joining Lilly Endowment’s staff as a program director for community development. She plans to begin work at the Endowment in March 2023.
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Grants Will Support Efforts to Address Gun Violence in Indianapolis
Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved grants to help 13 Indianapolis organizations in their efforts to reduce gun violence in the city. Ranging from $50,000 to $500,000, the grants are designed to help organizations work to curb the number of incidents of gun violence in the communities they serve during the next two years.
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The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army Each Receive $40 Million in...
Lilly Endowment has awarded the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army $40 million each to increase capacity, training and preparedness to help people struggling with more frequent and intense disasters.
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National Initiative Launched to Help Parents Share Christian Faith with Their...
Lilly Endowment is inviting eligible organizations to apply for funding to help interested parents and other caregivers share their Christian faith and values with their children. The Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative builds on recent research that affirms the pivotal role parents play in the religious lives of their
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Funding is Available to Align Teacher Preparation with Evidence-Based Reading...
Lilly Endowment Inc. is inviting Indiana colleges and universities to apply for grants to help them enhance how they help educators learn to teach reading with methods that are aligned with the Science of Reading.
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Grants Will Help National Youth-Serving Organizations Strengthen Their...
Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved grants totaling $91.5 million to nine national youth-serving organizations to support a wide variety of strategies to enhance and expand the impact of their Indiana affiliates and chapters.
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Lilly Endowment Makes Grants to Support Innovative Theological School...
Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved grants to help 16 theological schools in the United States and Canada launch large-scale collaborative programs to better prepare and support pastoral leaders for Christian congregations.
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Highlighting our best attributes: New Civic Identity Resource Booklet to help...
A group of community leaders, with catalyst Tracy Souza, want to help local companies, organizations and others highlight Columbus and Bartholomew County’s most attractive attributes for everything from job postings to social media postings.
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Ascend Indiana Developing Strategies to Keep College Grads In State
Back in 2020, Andy Ngo was a sophomore accounting major at IUPUI who was slowly realizing he didn’t like accounting. So, he tried the online job network created by Ascend Indiana, a not-for-profit established to stem the brain drain of Indiana university graduates who leave the state as soon as they get their diplomas.
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Colleges and Universities Will Engage Youth With Support from Lilly...
Lilly Endowment Inc. is helping Indiana colleges and universities engage young people, ages 5 – 18, with high-quality campus programs that encourage them to explore their interests and envision a future for themselves in college.
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Lilly Endowment and State of Indiana Announce Investment to Improve Reading...
This combined investment of up to $111 million – Indiana’s largest-ever financial investment in literacy - will support early literacy development using proven teaching strategies aligned with the Science of Reading.
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Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative (IAAQLI) Requests Proposals

The National Urban League, Indianapolis Urban League and African American Coalition of Indianapolis have partnered to create a place-based initiative, the IAAQLI. The initiative is made possible by a $100 million Lilly Endowment grant to the National Urban League. 40 Marion County organizations represent 52 first-round grants totaling more than $21 million, which will support projects focused on business and entrepreneurship, education, health and wellness, employment, racial equity in housing development and home ownership, and economic mobility.


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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