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Coburn Place Safe Haven awarded Lilly Endowment $2.5 million grant
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Coburn Place Safe Haven awarded Lilly Endowment $2.5 million grant

For Immediate Release

Date: January 11, 2019

Contact: Julia Kathary, Coburn Place Executive Director
317-923-5750, office; 317-340-4731, mobile

Coburn Place Safe Haven awarded Lilly Endowment $2.5 million grant to increase long-term financial sustainability

Indianapolis, IN – Coburn Place Safe Haven has received a grant of $2.5 million under Lilly Endowment Inc.’s latest round of financial sustainability grants to central Indiana human services agencies.

This grant is one of 10 grants totaling $48 million that are designed to help agencies that serve vulnerable individuals and families enhance their long-term impact by building stronger financial futures.

The grants are designed to help these valuable organizations build long-term financial strength and resiliency,” said Rob Smith, the Endowment’s vice president for community development. “The grants are not intended to fund ongoing operating support that is essential for these organizations to meet the day-to-day needs of the children, families and individuals they serve. In fact, we hope our grants help these agencies more effectively attract additional support for their critically important work.”

The grant to Coburn Place will ultimately increase access to services and housing options for survivors of interpersonal violence. Most of the grant – $2 million – will help Coburn Place create an endowment fund to assist in building long-term financial health. The endowment fund will bolster Coburn Place’s ability to fulfill its mission into the future and meet growing demands for services in Indianapolis. The additional $500,000 of the grant will be used during a three-year grant period to build Coburn Place’s annual fundraising capacity.

Coburn Place Executive Director Julia Kathary said, “With this high mission-impact gift, Coburn Place will be able to grow its long-term financial stability, enabling more survivors of interpersonal violence to eliminate their housing barriers and increase their self-sufficiency.”

During the past year, Coburn Place has been researching expansion of housing options for survivors, and while this grant will not fund housing expansion directly, the increased fundraising capacity will aid in financial sustainability to offer additional housing options to survivors in our community.

“With a growing number of survivors asking for Coburn Place’s help with longer-term housing and support services, the ability to successfully raise funds and the required resources has never been more important,” Kathary said. “We’re honored to have been selected by Lilly Endowment for this grant and commit to being the best stewards of this investment into the safety and stability of survivors in our community.”


About Coburn Place: The mission of Coburn Place is to empower victims of interpersonal abuse. Coburn Place envisions a world where every human may live free from interpersonal abuse with safe and stable housing and an opportunity to enjoy overall wellbeing. Coburn Place is Indianapolis’ and Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive provider of longer-term housing options for survivors. It uniquely offers onsite transitional housing and community-based housing in a Domestic Violence Housing First approach targeted at identifying and eliminating housing barriers and improving survivors’ overall housing stability and well-being. It is a nationally-recognized model program and has provided life-changing support to more than 2,664 adults and children since 1996. For more information, visit
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private family foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr., and his sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While these gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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