Lilly donating $12.4 million to United Way

Eli Lilly and Co. said Monday it plans to give $12.4 million to the United Way, the largest single charitable donation in the company’s history.

The gift, made up of contributions from Lilly's U.S. employees and retirees, plus a matching donation from the Lilly Foundation, exceeds last year’s Lilly donation to the United Way by $100,000.

Indianapolis-based Lilly said the donation will go to the United Way of Central Indiana as well as other local United Ways nationwide.  

"I'm proud to lead a company whose employees are so incredibly dedicated to supporting the communities where we live, work and serve patients," Lilly CEO John Lechleiter said in a prepared statement.

The local United Way in September announced a $40.8 million goal for its annual fundraising campaign.

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