Lilly Endowment Awards $48 Million to Human Services Agencies

Lilly Endowment Awards $48 Million to Human Services Agencies

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $48 million to ten local human services agencies in support of their long-term financial sustainability plans.

Grants ranging from $1 million to $10 million — with the amount determined by the grantee's annual operating budget, the number of individuals it serves, and other factors — will support the organizations' individual plans for building the financial capacity needed to be more effective in their work, including establishing endowments that can provide resources over the long term, bolstering employee recruitment and retention efforts, updating technology and facilities to help improve the delivery of services, and investing in communications, marketing, and fundraising.

Grant recipients include Catholic Charities Indianapolis ($1 million), Dayspring Center ($1 million), HVAF of Indiana ($5 million), and Wheeler Mission ($10 million), which provide services for homeless individuals, families, and veterans; AYS ($7.5 million), Early Learning Indiana ($10 million), and St. Mary's Child Center ($5 million), which offer before- and afterschool programs for children and youth; the Julian Center ($1 million) and Coburn Place ($2.5 million), which assist victims of domestic violence with housing, counseling, and case management services; and the Indianapolis Urban League ($5 million), which provides workforce training, family support services, and health education and works to support economic self-sufficiency, leadership development, and civil rights advocacy. This is the fourth round of grants the endowment has awarded since 2015 in support of the long-term sustainability of nonprofits in central Indiana, bringing the total awarded through the initiative to $328 million. 

"The grants are designed to help these valuable organizations build long-term financial strength and resiliency," said Rob Smith, the endowment's vice president for community development. "The grants [are] not intended to fund ongoing operating support that is essential for these organizations to meet the day-to-day needs of the children, families and individuals they serve. In fact, we hope our grants help these agencies more effectively attract additional support for their critically important work."

(Photo credit: Dayspring Center)