What We Support

Improving Human Health For Those In Need

The main area of focus of the Lilly Foundation is to improve the lives of people — primarily those living in low and middle income countries — who lack the resources to obtain quality healthcare. We collaborate with effective global and local partners to address complex problems and differentiate our work, in part, by an unwavering commitment to delivering long-term results. The Foundation principally supports Lilly’s long-standing efforts to battle multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. The Foundation also provides targeted philanthropic support for hunger relief in conjunction with Elanco, Lilly’s animal health division.

Improving Public Education

The Foundation supports results-oriented programs and organizations that strengthen public education. Our geographic focus is Indiana, the site of Lilly’s corporate headquarters and largest R&D footprint. We have two primary areas of focus:

  • Improve student performance in science. Our primary commitment is in support of the Indiana Science Initiative (ISI). The ISI is implementing an inquiry-based hands-on curriculum in K-12 classrooms. This initiative, which includes professional development for teachers, is designed to excite children about the wonders of science and foster innovative, creative thinking.
  • Improve educational outcomes for underserved students. The Foundation supports initiatives that have the potential to dramatically improve educational outcomes for underserved students in Indianapolis. Our philanthropic support is primarily directed to the Mind Trust and its affiliate organizations. Our work is designed to help Indianapolis build a critical mass of talented people working in education and to create conditions in which these talented people can innovate and drive change.

Supporting Our Communities

Indianapolis: The Foundation supports select cultural and community development organizations and projects that meaningfully enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis. Organizations and projects that distinguish Indianapolis on a national or international basis are best positioned for funding.

Employee Directed Giving: The Foundation matches employee donations to charitable organizations worldwide. This includes our long-term commitment to the United Way. Employee directed giving accounts for approximately 40% of the Foundation’s annual donations to charitable organizations.