Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The Lilly Endowment, Inc. is an Indiana-polis-based private philantrhopic foundation established in 1873 by the members of the Lilly family; J.K. Lilly Sr., J.K. Lilly Jr., and Eli Lilly.

The foundation was formed through the stock gifts of their pharmaceutical company called the Eli Lilly and Company. However, the foundation is considered to be a separate entity from the company.

The foundation aims to help people in Indianapolis build a better life through supporting efforts of national significance and international projects.

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$6,225,629,363 - 2011-12-31
$7,734,860,156 - 2007-12-31


$250,350,852 - 2011-12-31
$341,863,979 - 2007-12-31

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Recent News from Lilly Endowment

Opioid crisis reflected in child abuse, neglect cases
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

Last year, the MCCSC, Brown County Schools and the Bloomington Project School all received grants from the Lilly Endowment's Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 students, and cited...more

'Keeper of the dreams'
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

Pharos-Tribune, fileThe Royal Center Volunteer Fire Department's utility vehicle rests outside of a house fire in March 2015. A Cass County Community Foundation grant program allowed the department...more

What Does Lilly's New $10M Philanthropic Investment Mean for Rural Engagement?
Foundation: Duke Endowment, Lilly Endowment

A different model of philanthropic investing in rural communities that is focused on a single or just a handful of counties over the long haul is now being tested by both community foundations...more

Community Foundation Boot Camp
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

The training will be provided by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA). IPA, thanks to ongoing support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a training and technical assistance...more

IU-Bloomington center receives $10 million grant
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

IU-Bloomington has received a $10 million grant through the IU Foundation from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund the Center for Rural Engagement, according ... solutions to issues facing rural Indiana,...more

Lilly Endowment grants $10M to IU Center for Rural Engagement
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

WEST BADEN, Ind. (WISH) — The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has approved a $10 million grant for the Indiana University Foundation to fund the Center for Rural Engagement. An IU news release...more

Four Valley students named Lilly Endowment Scholars
Foundation: Clay County Community Foundation, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Lilly Endowment

The Community Foundation received 426 applications from students in the three-county area. Each county had its own selection committee comprised of county citizens. The selection process was...more

EmployIndy boosting youth employment efforts
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

“These grants will enable EmployIndy to help expand and enhance the efforts of youth-serving organizations to improve significantly the employment prospects of youth in our community – especially...more

EmployIndy Awarded $5M in Grants
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded more than $5 million in grants to EmployIndy. The city's workforce development initiative says it will use the funds to "strengthen the...more

Lilly Endowment grants $5.2M to EmployIndy for youth programs
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

EmployIndy plans to strengthen its youth job-training and education programs with $5.2 million in grants from Lilly Endowment Inc., the groups announced Thursday. Lilly Endowment said it gave...more

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