During a challenging year, the Endowment worked to help meet urgent needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to help build brighter futures through ongoing grantmaking in community development, education and religion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With support from an $11.6 million grant, the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) will expand to open satellite and in-school locations. The new locations will serve as an extension of the main CLD campus and will provide educational services and character development programming for Black youth in high-crime areas.
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is an intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that explores the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft and church pews.
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.
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.