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T he Endowment seeks to be aware of additional projects and programs that reflect our founders’ values and interests and add significantly to the nation’s quality of life. We fund on an invitational basis research in philanthropy and public policy and disaster relief and recovery efforts. To a limited extent, we also provide funding for certain programs and projects that support and recognize U.S. veterans, active service members and their families.

Philanthropy

We support research on philanthropic trends, impacts and efforts to promote good governance and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations and increased volunteering and generosity. We also provide regular support for a variety of key organizations that are important to the charitable sector. Here are examples of grantmaking in this area:

Council on Foundations is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations founded in 1949. It provides the opportunity, leadership and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.LEARN MORE

Foundation Center is a leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. The center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants and operates research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy. LEARN MORE 

GuideStar is a leading  source of information on nonprofit organizations. By providing accurate and accessible financial and program information, GuideStar seeks to improve communication and decision making by and among donors, advisors, scholars, charitable organizations, policy leaders and the general public.LEARN MORE

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University is the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Established in 2013, it is named for the Lilly family, which included founders of Lilly Endowment, in honor of the family’s generosity and leadership. The school is rooted in the creation of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which was founded at IUPUI in 1987. LEARN MORE

Philanthropy Roundtable is a network of charitable donors that works to strengthen excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom and assist donors in achieving their philanthropic intent. Members include individual philanthropists, families and private foundations. LEARN MORE

Independent Sector seeks to advance the common good by leading, strengthening and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Approximately 600 major foundations, corporations and nonprofit organizations are members, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups across the country. Lilly Endowment was a founding member of Independent Sector when it formed in 1980. LEARN MORE

The National Center for Family Philanthropy encourages individuals and families to create and sustain a philanthropic mission. Founded in 1997, the center seeks to help donors navigate dynamics unique to family foundations, such as competing philanthropic priorities among family members and transitions in family leadership. The center works to help donors and their families articulate and achieve philanthropic interests through the resources and programs of their own choosing. LEARN MORE

Disaster Relief and Recovery

We believe it is important to alleviate the suffering of people in times of urgent need and have a long history of providing support for key organizations that engage in relief and recovery efforts relating to a range of disasters throughout the country. Here are examples of grantmaking in this area:

American Red Cross plays an essential role in helping people who suffer from disasters by providing them with emergency blood supplies, food and shelter, and assisting them in rebuilding their lives. We support their work in Indiana and at the national level. LEARN MORE

The Salvation Army takes a holistic approach to helping those most affected by disasters. Assistance ranges from providing basic shelter and food to grief counseling. The Salvation Army is committed to a ministry of family and community healing and offers its support to all regardless of religious affiliation. LEARN MORE

Support for Veterans, Military Service Members and Their Families

We support select organizations committed to honoring the legacy of those who have served in the U.S. armed services by improving the lives of U.S. military service members, veterans and their families. Here are examples of grantmaking in this area:

Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University works closely with collaborators to improve the lives of service members and their families in Indiana and across the nation. Through research and outreach, MFRI helps military and public policy leaders and communities better support military service members, veterans and their families. LEARN MORE 

The Indiana National Guard Relief Fund provides financial grants to Indiana service members and their families encountering difficult situations due to the mobilization of service members. It also leads the Families First Initiative, which provides programs for youth and families grieving the loss of a service member. LEARN MORE

Career Learning & Employment Center for Veterans doing business as Operation: Job Ready Veterans, supports veterans by providing career development and employment services. It also assists veterans transition to civilian life. LEARN MORE

Public Policy

Limited in scope, our grantmaking in public policy is rooted to our commitment to the values of freedom, democracy and free market principles. Here are examples of grantmaking in this area:

American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. LEARN MORE

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind. LEARN MORE