Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family: J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli. In keeping with the wishes of the three founders, Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education, and community development. The Endowment places special emphasis on projects that benefit young people and promote leadership education and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector.
The Strong program suite including Work it Out and Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy have been sponsored by Lilly Endowment Inc. since April 2013. Their three-year, $300,000 grant has helped our organization teach girls ages six to 18 how to handle the various challenges associated with friendships, bullying, self-esteem, puberty, and peer pressure. We would not be in the position to serve thousands of girls with Strong programs if not for their ongoing investment in our work and shared vision of healthy, educated, and independent girls. We also remain deeply grateful for the Endowment’s funding that allowed us to successfully take all our programs to more girls across the community.
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established in 1997 upon the death of Nina Mason Pulliam, a compassionate business and civic leader. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix.
Over the years, the Trust has supported Girls Inc. in multiple capacities. Recently, we were awarded a five-year, $25,000 grant honoring Harriet Ivey, the founding CEO and president of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. This grant supported the establishment of Young Women in Leadership (YWIL), a Saturday leadership program for high school girls, and will allow five girls to annually participate in the Girls Inc. national gatherings. With support from the Trust, YWIL is encouraging our older participants to develop life skills that help promote college access, career success, and strengthened peer bonds.
We remain grateful for their ongoing support of middle school and high school initiatives, including a two-year grant of $150,000 that enabled us to support girls through these crucial developmental years and put them on a path to future self-sufficiency. With this support, we prepared middle school girls to successfully make the transition to high school, and have expanded our programming for girls ages 15-18. We are grateful for the support from the Trust and would not be able to serve thousands of girls today without their generous and frequent support.
ECMC Foundation has generously awarded Girls Inc. $50,000 to support our Smart College and Career Planning programs which empower girls to become self-sufficient, to develop education and career goals, and explore interests in STEM activities and careers. “The focus of the GO! Program is to work directly in communities to positively impact educational outcomes,” said Peter Taylor, ECMC Foundation president, “Girls Inc. is a natural fit for a GO! Program grant. The organization is changing the lives of female students by encouraging academic growth and creating higher education goals.”
ECMC’s mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes¬— especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Foundation endeavors to make long-term investments—either alone or by leveraging the work of other philanthropic, governmental and business partners—that improve academic achievement among underserved students as they prepare themselves for higher education and careers. They focus on four core areas of support: College Readiness; Career Readiness; College Retention; and Research on Teaching and Student Success, and we support important research and reforms that help people prepare for college and careers.
United Way of Central Indiana
For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) has worked to create a community where children, individuals, and families thrive; neighbors care for each other; and everyone is proud of the quality of life of all residents. Their mission is to help people learn more, earn more, and lead safe and healthy lives in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, and Morgan counties.
For many years, UWCI has provided significant support to Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. Because of this continual funding, our organization is able to consistently provide programs that inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.