United Way: $13.4 Million Reasons to Smile

David Marbaugh  | February 5, 2020

In 2019, we raised $13.4 million for United Way through the generosity of our employees and retirees and a match from the Lilly Foundation. Those funds will be used to address complex societal challenges and create lasting change in the areas of education, financial stability and health. 

Lilly's ties with United Way date back to World War I, when J.K. Lilly Sr. served as a member of the War Chest, a forerunner of today's United Way. Since then, we have helped raised $315 million for United Way and its partner agencies. 

Today, we go well beyond fundraising to have greater impact. In our hometown of Indianapolis, we pair Lilly teams with United Way agencies to advance their work to help our communities. We also partner with United Way Worldwide to improve health globally in communities with limited resources.