Lilly Endowment Awards $55 Million to Indiana Youth Groups

Lilly Endowment Awards $55 Million to Indiana Youth Groups

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $54.7 million to thirteen local organizations serving children and youth.

Twelve of the groups provide a variety of services to children, teenagers, and young adults and their families. The other recipient is a neighborhood-based multi-service community center with a focus on young people.

The grants — which range from $1 million to $7.5 million, with the amount determined by the grantee's annual operating budget, the number of individuals it serves, and other factors — are intended to bolster the organizations' long-term financial sustainability. To that end, grantees will use the funds to establish revenue-generating endowments; update their technology systems and facilities; strengthen staff and volunteer recruitment, training, and retention; and/or improve their communications, marketing, and fundraising efforts to better engage volunteers and other supporters.

The recipients include 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, the Boy Scouts of America Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Child Advocates, College Mentors for Kids, the Community Alliance for the Far Eastside, Girls Scouts of Central Indiana, Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis, Happy Hollow Children's Camp, Jameson Camp, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, and Kids Voice of Indiana.

"These organizations work every day to help children and young people navigate the path to becoming thoughtful, caring individuals who are prepared for work and able to lead fulfilling lives," said Ronni Kloth, the endowment's vice president for community development. "It is a privilege to help them build their capacity to thrive for years to come....We hope that the sustainability grants will build resiliency so that these organizations can better weather unexpected and adverse funding changes."