Lilly Endowment GIFT VIII

About Lilly GIFT VIII

Lilly Endowment Inc. launched the eighth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, allocating up to $210 million to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the quality of life in the towns, cities and counties they serve.

The GIFT initiative is based upon the Endowment’s longstanding belief that community foundations are uniquely positioned to play central roles in building the prosperity of communities throughout Indiana.  

Visit the Lilly Endowment GIFT VIII website for more information. 

Matching Fund

  • The Wayne County Foundation was awarded a $1,500,000 Matching Fund Grant through the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII).
  • The Foundation will use its Matching Fund Grant to further develop its unrestricted assets. which over time will provide financial resources that enable our Foundation to respond to both present and future community needs.
  • Lilly Endowment will provide $2 for every $1 contributed to the unrestricted endowment during GIFT VIII’s matching period, October 1, 2023, through December 31, 2025. 

Community Leadership Initiative

  • Community Leadership Grants will be available in a two-phase process: a non-competitive planning phase and a competitive implementation phase.
  • During the planning phase, the Wayne County Foundation will seek input from a diverse range of community stakeholders and request funding to develop and implement a large-scale action plan that addresses high-priority challenges and opportunities in our community.
  • If selected, the Foundation will submit a proposal seeking up to $5,000,000 to implement the large-scale action plan. 

Why Unrestricted Giving?

Unrestricted funds provide flexibility in grantmaking and enables the Wayne County Foundation to provide grant support where funding is most needed. From organizations working to address complex issues to quality of place initiatives that make Wayne County a great place to live, work and raise a family, unrestricted gifts enable maximum community impact. Through our unrestricted funds, nearly $550,000 will be granted to local nonprofit organizations for the many projects and activities that serve the community this year. 

Questions about Lilly GIFT VIII?

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