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

Firefighters Museum, Storytelling Arts to receive funding from IHS
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is awarding Heritage Support Grants to 13 organizations statewide, including the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. The...more

$80M in Lilly grants guarantee long-term survival of 10 Indy nonprofits
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

The grants are designed to help sustain the agencies — all based in Central Indiana — for decades to come. Sharon Pierce, president and CEO of The Villages, said the $10 million will help ensure...more

Unity Foundation Community Scholarship Application Now Available Online
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

In 2017, more than 140 students from throughout La Porte County received Unity Foundation scholarships totaling $180,000 to help support their college tuition. That amount was in addition to the...more

Lilly Endowment gives $10 million grant to The Villages of Indiana, which has office in Fort Wayne
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

The grant, which was announced Monday, is one of 10 financial sustainability grants totaling a combined $80 million made by Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis to social-service agencies in central...more

$80M in Lilly grants ensure long-term survival of 10 Indy nonprofits
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

Sharon Pierce, president and CEO of The Villages, said the $10 million will help ensure the agency's continued work as a therapeutic foster care provider for the state's most vulnerable children,...more

From Indiana, a Case Study of an Ambitious Foundation-Backed Push to Spur New Prosperity
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

But most are supported by foundations with keep local ties. And many involve creative partnership with a range of stakeholders and lots of moving parts. A case in point is an economic initiative that...more

Lilly Endowment awards Villages of Indiana $10 million grant
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

“With more than twice as many children in Indiana's child welfare system than just five years ago, both Lilly Endowment and The Villages Board of Directors and staff are committed to the longevity...more

Local Students Receive Lilly Endowment Scholarships
Foundation: Clay County Community Foundation, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Lilly Endowment

Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., the program is administered locally by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and its affiliates, the Clay County Community Foundation and the Sullivan County...more

Ask the Experts: Foundations Back an Effort to Get Academics Into the Media
Foundation: Knight Foundation, Lilly Endowment

With the press, and the very concept of factual information for that matter, under attack, philanthropy's taken a keen interest in journalism and media projects. One such outfit that's drawing...more

Feeling creative? Earn a $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment for your idea
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

The Lilly Endowment has just announced a new collection of grants — totaling $25 million — for creative projects that promote community building. Called Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts...more

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