Lilly Endowment Awards $100 Million to Human Services Agencies

Lilly Endowment Awards $100 Million to Human Services Agencies

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $100 million to enhance the capacity and impact of critical human services organizations in the region.

Fifteen nonprofit organizations, many of them undercapitalized despite their importance to the at-risk populations they serve, were awarded grants to implement long-term financial sustainability plans, including the creation of endowments and strategies aimed at boosting their organizational capacity; investments in staff development and retention, fundraising, and community engagement; and strategic planning. All but one of the recipient organizations will use a portion of their grants to create new or add to existing endowments, while ten are neighborhood community centers in Indianapolis that provide comprehensive services to help children, families and seniors thrive.

Christamore House, Concord Neighborhood Center, Edna Martin Christian Center, Flanner House, Hawthorne Community Center, Horizon House, La Plaza, and Southeast Community Services were each awarded a grant of $5 million; Families First, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Second Helpings, and Shepherd Community Center will each receive a grant of $7.5 million; and grants of $10 million each were awarded to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana, and the John H. Boner Community Center.

"The grants offer transformative opportunities for the organizations to secure strong financial futures," said Ace Yakey, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development. "Unlike support for day-to-day operations, these funds will help each organization strengthen its financial infrastructure so it can serve more people over the long term and weather unexpected financial challenges. These grants do not alleviate the need for the organizations to attract ongoing support for their efforts. Indeed, we hope the grants will help them more effectively attract support for their important work."