INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) — The Villages of Indiana just received its largest single gift in its 40-year history. Thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc., the Indiana-based non-profit will be receiving a $10 million grant.
The Lilly Endowment grant is given yearly to agencies serving vulnerable children and to those serving people with disabilities. It is one of 10 such grants given this year equaling $80 million in total.
“With more than twice as many children in Indiana’s child welfare system than just five years ago, both Lilly Endowment and The Villages Board of Directors and staff are committed to the longevity and staying power of The Villages,” stated Sharon Pierce, president & CEO of The Villages. “Thus this grant is specifically designated for the sustainability of The Villages, to ensure that the organization can continue to be a child welfare industry leader in our state and in our nation for many decades to come."
"The vast majority of this unprecedented three-year grant, $8 million, will establish a restricted endowment for The Villages, protecting the future and sustainability of The Villages tireless mission to “Champion Families for Children,” said Dan Phair, chair of The Villages board of directors. “The remaining $2 million will be invested in the increasingly vital area of early childhood programs to assure that young children from compromised backgrounds can truly be prepared for academic success; will support the recruitment and capacity of quality foster families to be able to serve the very young infants and children needing a safe, loving foster home while their parents battle the disease of addiction; and will be invested in best practice and research-based staff development and training approaches, which will allow The Villages to best meet the complex needs of our community’s very fragile children and their families.”
Other recipients this year include:
• Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises Inc. - $5 million
• Indianapolis-based Children's Bureau Inc. - $10 million
• Indianapolis-based Damar Services Inc. - $10 million
• Indianapolis-based Easterseals Crossroads - $10 million
• Indianapolis-based Hear Indiana - $2.5 million
• Indianapolis-based Lutheran Child and Family Services - $7.5 million
• Indianapolis-based Noble - $10 million
• Danville-based Sycamore Services Inc. - $7.5 million
• Indianapolis-based Tangram Inc. - $7.5 million
For more information regarding services provided by The Villages, click here or call 1-800-874-6880.