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Lilly Endowment Reports on Grants Embracing Tradition, Engaging New Ideas

J. K. Lilly Sr., who founded Lilly Endowment Inc. in 1937 with his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., encouraged leadership that was conservatively progressive: an approach that valued tradition and the lessons it offered, while seeking continuous improvement.

Nearly 80 years later, the Endowment still strives both to honor tradition by supporting enduring institutions and to stay alert to changing dynamics and needs that call for innovation. These contrasting convictions are reflected in the Endowment’s 2015 Annual Report, “Embracing Traditions. Engaging New Ideas.” The report highlights how Endowment grants are helping organizations use the lessons and results from earlier efforts to develop new ways to expand their impact and improve their effectiveness.

The report includes stories about recent grants to Purdue University, United Negro College Fund, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Girls Inc., United Way Worldwide, Smithsonian Institution, Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Bicentennial Nature Trust, Indiana Historical Society, diverse church-related organizations supporting pastors facing economic challenges and 14 arts and cultural organizations working to strengthen financial well-being for the long-term.

During 2015 the Endowment paid grants totaling $435.5 million supporting the causes of community development, education and religion.

View the 2015 Annual Report here.

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