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Initiative Seeks to Strengthen Theological Schools for the Future
Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching the Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, an effort to help theological schools in the United States and Canada strengthen their ability to prepare pastoral leaders for Christian churches into the future.
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Lilly Endowment names new program directors for community development
Elyssa Campodonico-Barr and Leah Seigel are joining the staff of Lilly Endowment as program directors in community development. In their grantmaking roles both women will help the Endowment further its efforts to enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis and in Indiana and sup
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$17.2 million in grants help meet emergency needs as pandemic continues
New grants totaling $17.2 million will help 38 organizations working to mitigate the adverse human and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Marion County. This brings the total support provided by Lilly Endowment for COVID-related needs since the pandemic began to nearly $208 million.
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Second grant helps Early Learning Indiana offer boost to child care programs
Beginning in January, Early Learning Indiana will provide nearly $12 million in grants to child care programs statewide. The effort is made possible through the combination of a new $10.4 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Early Learning Indiana and funds remaining from a previous Lilly Endowment grant made in May 2020.
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16 Tech Selects Design Team for Signature Bridge Project
With support from a Lilly Endowment grant, 16 Tech Community Corporation announced the selection of a team to design a signature bridge that will connect the 16 Tech Innovation District to Indianapolis’ nationally ranked research corridor and serve as an architectural centerpiece for the city.
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Grants totaling more than $43 million will help cultural institutions...
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded 18 grants to museums and other cultural institutions across the United States to develop exhibitions and education programs that fairly and accurately portray the role of religion in the U.S. and around the world.
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Lilly Endowment grant to support USO's Combat COVID-19 Initiative
The United Service Organizations, whose mission is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, has been awarded a $3 million grant to fund the Combat COVID-19 Initiative.
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Grant will help Indy Chamber lead regional marketing initiative
A $2.8 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Indy Chamber Foundation will support the five-year Project Amplify initiative, a digital first step for potential residents to “see themselves” in the Indianapolis region.
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Lilly Endowment funds large-scale grants to Indiana community foundations
Grants are supporting 11 community foundations as they embark on large-scale leadership efforts. The grants – totaling more than $33 million – are being made through the seventh phase of the Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow, known as GIFT VII.
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Grants help youth-serving organizations face COVID-19 challenges
Lilly Endowment is making nearly $25 million in grants to 297 youth-serving organizations working in Indiana to help them face challenges caused by COVID-19 through the Youth Program Resilience Fund.
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Endowment grant to fund WW II Memorial addition of FDR D-Day Prayer
Friends of the National World War II Memorial has received a $2 million grant to add President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., restore the “Circle of Remembrance," and develop interpretative programming.
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Lilly Endowment names new program director in education
Johnny Pryor is joining Lilly Endowment’s staff as a program director in the education division. Pryor comes to the Endowment from an extensive career in higher education during which he has led multi-faceted programs designed to help students succeed.
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Updates on Lilly Endowment Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

As the challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, Lilly Endowment will post updates about our grantmaking and how the pandemic may affect our initiatives.

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2019 Annual Report: Collaboration

Lilly Endowment’s 2019 annual report reflects a belief in the power and potential of collaboration to address societal challenges and further important causes in its three areas of grantmaking as established by its founders: religion, education and community development.

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