The Lilly Foundation


The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation is a tax-exempt private foundation established in 1968. The foundation awards cash grants for philanthropic initiatives aligned with our corporate responsibility priorities.

Improving Human Health for Those in Need

The main area of focus 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 leading global and local partners to address complex problems through sustainable solutions. The foundation supports our long-standing efforts to battle multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and provides targeted philanthropic support for hunger relief in conjunction with Elanco, our animal health division.

Supporting Communities

  • Indianapolis: The foundation supports select cultural and community development organizations and projects that meaningfully enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis.
  • Employee Directed Giving: The foundation matches employee donations to charitable organizations worldwide. This includes our long-term commitment to the United Way and our Global Giving program. Employee directed giving accounts for approximately 40 percent of the foundation’s annual donations to charitable organizations.

Improving Public Education

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

  • Improve student performance in science.
  • Improve educational outcomes for underserved students.

For more information about the Lilly Foundation and how it awards grants, click here.

To learn more about corporate responsibility at Lilly, please visit the Corporate Responsibility section of this site.

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