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Youth Leadership Group Lands $11.6M Grant from Lilly Endowment

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Indianapolis-based Center for Leadership Development, which promotes personal development and educational attainment for minority youth, has landed an $11.6 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, the organizations announced Tuesday morning.

“We cannot overstate the impact of Lilly Endowment’s generosity,” CLD President Dennis Bland said in written remarks. “Expanding CLD’s reach will move the organization from transforming individual lives to transforming entire communities, breaking cycles of poverty and serving as a model for other cities facing challenges in education, public safety and building a diverse workforce. Thank you to Lilly Endowment for prioritizing minority youth in Indianapolis and for supporting organizations that seek to positively impact their future.”

CLD will receive $8.6 million immediately. The other $3 million has matching conditions designed to encourage additional contributions to support CLD’s mission and programs.

“Lilly Endowment is proud to have supported CLD since its very beginning because of its commitment to the character development, leadership formation, and academic and career success of African American and other minority youth,” N. Clay Robbins, Lilly Endowment’s chairman, president and CEO, said in written comments. “The testimonies of CLD alumni to the impact CLD has had on their lives is quite compelling, and our community benefits every day from their leadership.”


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