Lilly Endowment, Inc. awards $1 million to JFGI

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis announced today that Lilly Endowment, Inc. has awarded the Federation a $1 million grant to enhance safety and security on its campus and build the capacity of the Federation and its five constituent agencies.

The largest grant ever made to the Federation by Lilly Endowment, it will be used to support a variety of priority projects. They include security enhancements, upgrades to campus-wide computer hardware and software, the development of aligned impact models and strategic plans, and implementation of two creative-placemaking initiatives designed to further engage the community.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis plays a vital role in supporting residents of central Indiana, as it has for more than 113 years. The Federation and its agencies – Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center, the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Hooverwood, a residential nursing home – provide programs and services to 2,000 individuals — Jewish as well as non-Jewish — every day. 

“The impact we produce is substantial and includes, among other programs and services: feeding the hungry, helping the unemployed, providing comfort and care to seniors, educating children and adults, helping individuals be physically fit and healthy, engaging in community workforce development, and building community,” said Debra Barton Grant, Federation CEO.

“As the central philanthropic, planning, and community relations organization of the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community, the Federation and the Jewish community it represents have a time-honored heritage of supporting the greater Indianapolis community and providing needed programs and services to people of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. We are honored by Lilly Endowment’s generosity and are grateful for this transformational gift that will help us advance our objectives and produce an even greater collective impact on the quality of life for all those we serve.”


About the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI) is the central fundraising and community planning organization for the Indianapolis Jewish Community. With an Annual Campaign of roughly $3.9 million, the Federation supports and enriches the lives of Jews locally, nationally, in Israel, and around the world. The Federation provides funding to a number of local and regional agencies, many national and overseas partners, and numerous independent programs that provide deeper connection and create Jewish community in Central Indiana. The Federation resides on and manages a 40-acre campus, and programs funded by the Federation create life-sustaining and life-changing impact, while inspiring and engaging members of the Indianapolis Jewish Community.



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