Coburn Place Announces Grant from Lilly Endowment

Funds will support children of survivors

Dec. 9, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Coburn Place has received an $81,000 grant through the Youth Program Resilience Fund of Lilly Endowment Inc.

Coburn Place will use the grant to support two child advocate positions, provide staff training, upgrade and add technology for its Children’s Services department and add STEM programming. It will also cover cleaning supplies and insurance for Children’s Services. With this support, Coburn Place will be able to continue its commitment to empowering survivors of interpersonal abuse and their children.

“Our Children’s Services department does excellent work with the children of survivors, and we’ve had to adapt to remote support during the pandemic,” says Julia Kathary, CEO of Coburn Place. “This generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. allows us to make a greater – and more personal – impact even from a distance.”

The grant to Coburn Place is one of 297 that Lilly Endowment has made through the Youth Program Resilience Fund to help youth-serving organizations across Indiana adapt their work to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants from this fund are part of more than $170 million in grants Lilly Endowment has made to help organizations serve individuals and communities amid the pandemic.

About Coburn Place
Coburn Place empowers victims of interpersonal abuse and envisions a world where everyone may live free from interpersonal abuse. It is Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive provider of longer-term housing options for survivors. Coburn Place uniquely offers on-site 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 4,000 adults and children since 1996.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those 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 its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion, and it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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