MONTICELLO – White County United Way is pleased to announce that it will receive a second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant for $204,980.00 from Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which White County United Way is a member. The grant will be used to support our community in meeting basic human needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is one of 47 grants that Indiana United Ways is making to member organizations and community foundations through the initiative, which was made possible by funding Indiana United Ways received from Lilly Endowment Inc. “White County United Way has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 23% of families in White County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. In the wake of COVID, those needs became even more dire. Thanks to the generous, continued support of Lilly Endowment to our State Association, we can continue to help our community, through nonprofit partners, deal with and hopefully resolve the impacts of this trying time,” said Libby Billue, Board President for White County United Way.
The second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant again calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related basic needs aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC. White County United Way will begin accepting funding requests from Pulaski, Jasper, and White County human and social service nonprofits whose IRS designation is in good standing beginning July 10, 2021. Interested organizations should consult White County United Way’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.
In April 2020, Lilly Endowment helped Indiana United Ways establish the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative with an initial $30 million grant. Lilly Endowment made an additional $15 million grant in March to Indiana United Ways to support the initiative. Both grants are part of Lilly Endowment’s overall grantmaking to help organizations meet COVID-related needs. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made grants totaling more than $210 million to organizations working in Indiana and across the nation as they respond to the pandemic.
White County United Way has been advocating and fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in White County since 1967. When the initial ERI grant awarded funding for our neighboring communities, WCUW began processing designated funds for an expedient response in Pulaski and Jasper Counties, as well. Through state, national, and local partnerships, WCUW connects our social service organizations with the resources, tools, clients, and community support they need. Together, we advocate and fight to fill the gaps that separate our neighbors from their ability to thrive.
Indiana United Ways is the state professional association for United Ways in Indiana and supports a thriving United Way system through capacity building, shared services, and network collaboration opportunities. For more information, contact Tonja Stokes, Vice President of Organizational Development at email@example.com.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it 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. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
Jordan Day has been with the United Way since May 2020, and is currently working as a Social Media Consultant for WCUW.