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A major financial gift for Indianapolis youth organizations

Lilly Endowment giving grants of $54 million
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Posted at 7:06 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 19:12:30-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis are just three of the 13 Indianapolis-based youth organizations that will benefit from $54 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment.

The financial awards were announced Wednesday. According to the endowment, the grants are designed to help the organizations build stronger financial futures and resiliency so they can have a lasting impact on those they serve.

"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."

According to the endowment, the organizations don't have enough money for the scope and volume of services they are called upon to provide. "We hope that the sustainability grants will build resiliency so that these organizations can better weather unexpected and adverse funding changes," Kloth said.

Here how the grants are handed out:

  • 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, $1.2 million
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, $7.5 million
  • Boy Scouts of America Council, $7.5 million
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, $7.5 million
  • Child Advocates, $2.5 million
  • College Mentors for Kids, $2.5 million
  • Community Alliance for the Far Eastside, $3.5 million
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, $7.5 million
  • Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis, $2.5 million
  • Happy Hollow Children's Camp, $1 million
  • Jameson, $2.5 million
  • Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, $5 million
  • Kids Voice of Indiana, $1.5 million

The amount of each grant is based on the annual operating budget of each organization, the number of individuals served and other factors. The grants are in addition to the endowment's regular support for youth-serving organizations.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based private family foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business. The endowment is a separate entity from Eli Lilly and Company.