Lilly Endowment doles out $80M to central Indiana social-service organizations

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The Lilly Endowment Inc. announced on Monday that it has approved $80 million in grants to 10 central Indiana human-services agencies that help vulnerable children and people with disabilities.

The money is in addition to the support the endowment already provides the organizations directly or through its support of the United Way of Central Indiana. Each organization will use the money to establish or add to existing endowments.

"The staff and leadership of these agencies work every day to help children, adults and families who are among the most vulnerable residents in central Indiana,” Ace Yakey, the endowment’s vice president for community development, said in a statement. “These grants don’t take the place of ongoing support for day-to-day operations. Instead, the funds will help the agencies build financial infrastructures that will position them better to weather financial challenges and serve more people more effectively."

The grant recipients and amounts awarded:

-Bosma Enterprises, which creates opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired, $5 million.

-Children's Bureau, which provides adoption and foster care services, $10 million.

-Damar Services, which provides residential and treatment services for children and adults with behavioral and developmental disabilities, $10 million.

-Easterseals Crossroads, which provides services to individuals and families living with disabilities, $10 million. 

-Hear Indiana, which provides services to children with hearing loss and their parents, $2.5 million.

-Lutheran Child and Family Services, which provides services to abused, neglected and abandoned children, $7.5 million.

-Noble, which provides services that expand opportunities and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, $10 million.

-Sycamore Services, which provides services to help disabled people live independently, $7.5 million.

-Tangram, which provides services to help disabled people live independently, $7.5 million.

-Villages of Indiana, which provides adoption and foster care services, $10 million.

The 80-year-old Lilly Endowment, which has more than $10 billion in assets and doles out more than $400 million in grants annually, has long been a huge supporter of Indiana social-service organizations.

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