#LillyEndowmentYPRF: Center for Leadership Development Receives $92,000 from Lilly Endowments’ Youth Program Resilience Fund

Kelsey Taylor, [email protected], 317-923-8111




Indianapolis – The Youth Program Resilience Fund of Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) with a $92,000 grant to support operations and alleviate expenses incurred as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

With this support, CLD will be able to continue its commitment of transforming the lives of Central Indiana’s African American 4-12th grade  and post-secondary education students and families in overcoming pervasive challenges by equipping them for post-secondary success with the tools, values and skills needed to flourish and enrich their communities locally and beyond.

“We are grateful and humbled to be among one of the Youth Program Resilience Fund grant recipients throughout the state of Indiana,” said Dennis Bland (CLD ’82), CLD president. “CLD’s proven record of instilling values and placing our students on an academic, college and career track to become the professional, business and community leaders of tomorrow is due in large part to the overwhelming generosity of Lilly Endowment.”

The grant to Center for Leadership Development is one of 297 that Lilly Endowment has made grants to 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.

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.

Center for Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development offers youth and adult participants an enriching and engaging experience that helps them achieve personal and academic success. Our programs encourage high, realistic expectations and equip youth with the skills, understanding, confidence and hands-on guidance they need to develop personally, excel academically and build a value system of achievement. Over 40 years, we have enriched the lives of more than 20,000 youths and their families. For more information, visit cldinc.org.