More Major Funding For United Way

Posted: Updated:
UWCI will hold an open competition in the next several months to select organizations to receive sub-grants of at least $100,000. UWCI will hold an open competition in the next several months to select organizations to receive sub-grants of at least $100,000.

United Way of Central Indiana has landed a $7 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to help efforts to battle family instability. The funding will boost the Great Families 2020 initiative, targeting "hot spots" in the city with low education levels and high rates of crime, poverty and unemployment. The grant comes a week after outgoing Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter and his wife Sarah committed $5 million to UWCI, which was matched by the Lilly Foundation.

The initiative will focus on neighborhoods identified as areas of need by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The funding will support postsecondary education, work force development, early childhood education, financial support and health and well-being services for families living in poverty.

The organization says the funding will go directly to communities "overwhelmingly populated by high-need households." UWCI says, in the targeted neighborhoods, roughly 40 percent of families are below the federal poverty level, and about 25 percent of adult residents do not have a high school diploma. With the new funding for the Great Families 2020 initiative, the organization projects that 80 percent of young children will participate in early childhood education services and 60 percent of participating adults will achieve financial stability for their families.

In a release, UWCI CEO Ann Murtlow said, "We’re thrilled to be able to put this significant grant into the neighborhoods with the most need, in order to drive transformational change in our community. Funds from SIF will help more children enter kindergarten ready to learn, help more parents acquire the skills needed to be successful in the workforce, and make more support available to families who are trying to achieve self-sufficiency."

UWCI will take the funding to hold an open competition in the next several months to select other organizations to receive sub-grants of at least $100,000.

Last week's donation from the Lechleiters is the largest individual donation in UWCI's 98-year history. At the time, Murtlow said she hoped the gift would inspire others to become engaged in the organization's efforts.

  • Perspectives

    • Why Blogging Without Rules Produces the Best Content

      I spend a lot of time talking with people about what makes writing good. Depending on who you ask, good writing might be exciting and illustrative. It might be simple and efficient. If you ask someone who works in marketing, good writing translates to whatever helps a marketing strategy generate more leads, or more sales, or more of whatever a business is looking to gain. Though I fully respect and agree with this results-oriented perspective on content, in practice it can be...



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Mansion May Fall to Wrecking Ball

      A one-time mansion that once hosted dignitaries and politicians while they visited Valparaiso appears to be facing demolition, following years of decline and disrepair.  The stately mansion, known locally as the Brown home, maybe knocked down and replaced with condominiums, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    • Socio received the Top-Rated Overall Culture award. (Provided Photo/Socio)

      Inaugural Tech Culture Award Winners Unveiled

      Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has unveiled the winners of the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards. Eleven Hoosier tech companies received the honors based on survey rankings from the 2019 Tech Census, which focused specifically on tech cultures. Nearly 270 tech companies were nominated and the winners were selected from a group of 50 finalists. More than 1,300 individuals responded to the survey, which allowed employees to rate their companies and employers on...

    • Photo courtesy of Purdue University

      Purdue Offers 'Stranger Things' Replica Tee

      Purdue University has partnered with trademark licensing agent CLC to produce a special-edition replica Purdue shirt that appeared on an episode of Netflix’s “Stranger Things 3.”  The university also teamed up with Venley to accurately replicate the shirt, which will be available at retailers on the West Lafayette campus and online later this month.

    • Mearns was named Ball State's president in 2017.

      Ball State President Bullish on Growth Potential

      The president of Ball State University says he is optimistic about the growth trajectory for the school and the Muncie community at large. Ball State recently set a new record for total enrollment with more than 22,000 students, including its largest-ever freshman class. The university is also continuing with several major capital projects, including the more than $87 million Foundational Sciences building, which broke ground earlier this month. In an interview in Studio (i) with...