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Lilly Endowment awards US$1.5 million grant to Kiwanis International Foundation

Jan 09, 2015
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded US$1.5 million to the Kiwanis International Foundation in connection with the upcoming 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International. With the grant from the Indianapolis-based organization, our foundation will transform its fundraising model and increase its endowment.

In the announcement, Ace Yakey, vice president of community development for Lilly Endowment, noted the importance of Kiwanians’ philanthropy and service to the lives of people around the world. “The Endowment values the presence of this important international organization’s headquarters in Indianapolis,” Yakey said. “We are pleased to help Kiwanis expand and enhance its impact in our community and around the world.”

Each year, Kiwanis members volunteer more than 18 million hours in community service and raise more than $100 million to improve the lives of children worldwide. Since 1995, the Kiwanis International Foundation has supported those efforts with more than $120 million in grants.

“We are grateful to the Lilly Endowment. This grant will help us build the resource development capacity necessary to ensure our place as a good neighbor in Indianapolis—and the world,” said Ann Updegraff Spleth, chief operating officer of the Kiwanis International Foundation. “Lilly Endowment was instrumental in bringing Kiwanis International and our foundation to Indianapolis more than three decades ago, and we have been proud to serve as an integral part of the not-for-profit community in Indianapolis ever since.”