The funds will help providers around Indiana improve curricula, build classrooms, educate parents about the importance of high-quality child care and education, and support professional development for teachers.
The Lilly Endowment will give nearly $63 million in grants to 39 Indiana colleges and universities to boost job prospects for their graduates, pushing the endowment's anti-brain-drain campaign to $120 million over the past decade.
Lilly Endowment awarded $230 million in 2012, mostly to Indiana groups. Its fortunes still are largely tied to the value of Eli Lilly and Co. stock, despite an effort to diversify the private foundation's holdings.
Indianapolis Museum of Art CEO Charles Venable plans to cut costs and use major exhibits to boost attendance—a strategy aimed at reducing the museum’s reliance on investment returns and allowing its endowment to grow back to pre-recession level.
United Way of Central Indiana will receive more than $11 million from the Lilly Endowment to boost its capital fund, combat poverty and provide professional development, the groups announced Thursday morning.