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Lilly Endowment Inc.


Last profile update: 08/09/2017
Last grant data update: 12/10/2016

At A Glance

Lilly Endowment Inc.

2801 N. Meridian St., P.O. Box 88068

Indianapolis, IN United States 46208-0068

Telephone: (317) 924-5471


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business
  • Family foundation






Incorporated in June 1937 in IN - Founded by three members of the Lilly Family- J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli Lilly with gifts of stock in Eli Lilly and Co., the family pharmaceutical business. Gifts of stock in Eli Lilly and Co. remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment. The Endowment, however, is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location

Purpose and Activities

The endowment supports religion, education, and community development, with special emphasis on initiatives that benefit youth, that foster philanthropic leadership among nonprofit institutions, and that promote the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism.