| Goodwill Indy

January 17, 2017
For Immediate Release

Contact: Cindy Graham
Work: 317-524-4212
Cell: 317-459-4162


Goodwill Receives $10 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Funds will benefit communities in southern and central Indiana

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has received a grant of $10 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s commitment to helping human service organizations that strive to improve the lives of low-income individuals and families and strengthen their communities throughout the state. Lilly Endowment is making a total of $100 million in grants to 15 organizations through this initiative to help them enhance their long-term impact by building stronger financial futures.

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana was formed on January 1, 2017 as the result of a merger between the former Indianapolis-based Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and the Clarksville-based Goodwill of Southern Indiana. Goodwill will use much of the Lilly Endowment grant to improve operations in and bring services to the southern part of the state.

“This generous contribution – one of the largest gifts in our Goodwill’s history – will allow us to accelerate the pace at which critical services are brought to southern Indiana, addressing needs that would otherwise go unmet, perhaps for years,” said Kent A. Kramer, Goodwill’s president and CEO.

New services in southern Indiana will include Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership, a maternal-child health program for first-time, low-income moms and their babies. The Lilly Endowment grant will allow Goodwill to serve 700 families over the next five years, while the organization builds capacity for sustainable funding. Nurse-Family Partnership, a national, evidenced-based program, is implemented in Indiana exclusively by Goodwill, which already serves families in Delaware, Lake, Madison, Marion, Tippecanoe and White counties.

Goodwill will also use the grant to expedite improvements to its southern Indiana retail operations, which include 11 retail stores, leading to an expected 230 new jobs.

“We have extensive experience expanding and improving retail locations in communities similar to those in southern Indiana, and we are confident in our ability to replicate this success in the new, southern part of our territory,” said Kramer.

Funding will allow Goodwill to expand its employee coaching model and start working toward building education and employment opportunities for southern Indiana residents. Partnering with local businesses, education providers and other community partners, Goodwill will develop needed certification and training programs to assist program participants in job advancement within Goodwill and with outside employers.

The organization will also significantly improve its capacity for data analytics and sharing, integrating data feeds from partners to access information about income growth and employment status of program participants, even after they graduate from Goodwill programs or move on to new employment opportunities.

Grant funding will also be used to increase Goodwill’s capacity for philanthropy in central and southern Indiana. The organization will develop major and planned giving initiatives, and engage corporations through volunteer opportunities.

“The grants offer transformative opportunities for the organizations to secure strong financial futures,” said Ace Yakey, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development. “Unlike support for day-to-day operations, these funds will help each organization strengthen its financial infrastructure so it can serve more people over the long-term and weather unexpected financial challenges. These grants do not alleviate the need for the organizations to attract ongoing support for their efforts. Indeed, we hope the grants will help them more effectively attract support for their important work.”

Goodwill expects the $10 million grant to have immediate and long-term positive effects.

“In addition to the employment opportunities we can create right away thanks to this support, the Lilly Endowment’s foresight in funding our ability to grow our capacity to sustain critical services for the future fits right in with our entrepreneurial spirit,” said Kramer, Goodwill’s president. “This five-year investment will reap a significant return for decades to come, in terms of lives changed for the better. We are grateful, almost beyond words, for the Endowment’s confidence in the work we’re doing in central and southern Indiana.”

About Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana changes lives every day by empowering people to increase their independence and reach their potential through education, health and employment. The organization serves 39 counties and operates more than 70 retail locations, as well as charter schools for adults and youth, a maternal-child health program, a child care center and more.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
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 – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment is primarily committed to the causes of community development, education and religion and has a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and its home state, Indiana.