Hoosier Nonprofits to Share in $100M From Lilly Endowment

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Gleaners Food Bank of Central Indiana Inc. was one of three $10 million recipients. Gleaners Food Bank of Central Indiana Inc. was one of three $10 million recipients.

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced $100 million in grants for 15 nonprofits throughout the state. The endowment says the funds complement the regular support it provides to human service causes and are designed to boost the long-term impact of the charities. Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana Inc., will use its $10 million grant to build capacity around its recent merger.

Goodwill Chief Executive Officer Kent Kramer tells Inside INdiana Business the infusion will be a game changer. Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana has 74 retail locations in 39 Indiana counties. Its work force currently totals 3,600. "As we've expanded into education, as we've expanded into health and knocking down barriers for individuals to move into family-sustaining wages, the need for philanthropy has increased. Part of what the grant will do is allow us to expand on that capacity and build a team that will allow us to be a little more reliant on philanthropy."

The organizations receiving funding from the Lilly Endowment include:

$5 million recipients:

  • Christamore House
  • Concord Center
  • Edna Martin Christian Center
  • Flanner House
  • Hawthorne Community Center
  • Horizon House
  • La Plaza
  • Southeast Community Services

$7.5 million recipients:

  • Families First
  • Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
  • Second Helpings
  • Shepherd Community Center

$10 million recipients:

  • Gleaners
  • Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana
  • John H. Boner Community Center

Lilly Endowment Vice President for Community Development Ace Yakey says "the grants offer transformative opportunities for the organizations to secure strong financial futures. 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."

The endowment focuses on community development, education and religious causes and is especially committed to organizations and initiatives in Indianapolis and Indiana.

You can connect to more about the grant by clicking here.

Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana Chief Executive Officer Kent Kramer tells Inside INdiana Business the infusion will be a gamechanger.
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