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Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Loyola Institute for Ministry’s Young Adult Ministry FIELD Project is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment established the Young Adult Initiative to help congregations develop and strengthen ministries that build relationships with young adults, nurture their religious lives, and foster their engagement with religious communities.

Lilly Endowment Inc. was founded in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. for the “promotion and support of religious, educational or charitable purposes.” Throughout its history, Lilly Endowment has sought to nurture the human spirit, intellect, and character. When once asked what the main purpose of the Endowment should be, Eli Lilly said, “I hope we could help improve the character of the American people.”