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Indiana Youth Programs on Campus Initiative
Indiana Youth Programs on Campus (IYPC) is a new Lilly Endowment initiative designed to help Indiana colleges and universities in their efforts to create new or expand and enhance existing high-quality, on-campus programs for Hoosier youth, ages 5 – 18.
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Lilly Endowment Announces Election of New President
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.
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Lilly Endowment Issues 2020 Annual Report and Special Supplement
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.
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RecycleForce's new peer leadership program helps ex-offenders become leaders.
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.
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$8 million Lilly Endowment grant to help support new youth center at Eastern...
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.
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Pandemic changed Connecticut’s religious services in ways some pastors and...
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.
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Lilly Endowment grant helps Center for Leadership Development open satellite...
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.
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Grants Will Support Efforts to Address Poverty in Indianapolis
Lilly Endowment is making Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis 28 grants totaling $93.6 million to help individuals and families make progress toward lasting economic self-sufficiency.
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Indiana Colleges and Universities Receive Funding to Prepare for the Future
A new round of grants will fund work at 16 Indiana schools to address priorities that have the potential to make the most impact on strengthening institutional vitality and the education of students.
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Lilly Endowment Names Clarence Crain to Its Board
Clarence Crain is a longtime Indianapolis community leader and former Endowment program director in the education division.
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New Grants Help Indiana Communities Address Ongoing Effects of the Pandemic
As Indiana communities continue to face the effects of COVID-19, Lilly Endowment has made new grants totaling $16.75 million to Indiana United Ways and United Way of Central Indiana.
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COVID-19 Relief to Churches and Grassroots Organizations
New Direction Church is one of many organizations that has received Lilly Endowment grants to support their efforts to help people who are most deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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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