IBJNews

Eli Lilly CEO, wife give United Way $1M gift

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter and his wife, Sarah, have pledged to give the United Way of Central Indiana a total of $1 million over the next four years as a "challenge to CEOs and other community leaders to step up their giving."

United Way said today in a press release that it hopes the high-profile donation will spur more "leadership" gifts of $25,000 or more, or help recruit other CEOs as new donors.

The Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation will match the Lechleiters' contribution.

The local United Way is trying to catch up with other cities that have seen more success in recruiting top-tier donors, said Angela Dabney, senior vice president of resource development. United Way of Central Indiana plans to use more challenge grants to raise its ranks of wealthy donors.

Last October, WellPoint CEO Angela Braly and her husband, Doug, pledged $300,000 over three years. The money is used as matching grants for donors who want to join United Way's Tocqueville Society, which requires $10,000 a year in donations, or Women United, which requires $2,500.

So far, United Way has raised $160,000 through the Braly matching gift.

The Lechleiters are already deeply involved with United Way. John Lechleiter is on the board of directors. Sarah Lechleiter was one of the founding members of Women United in 2003.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
ADVERTISEMENT