Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards Three-Year Grant to Indiana Campus Compact

April 15, 2019

Funding will help college students connect with their communities, discover their role as change-makers, and continue these efforts in Indiana communities beyond graduation.

INDIANAPOLIS – Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a three-year $900,000 grant to Indiana Campus Compact, a partnership of 44 institutions of higher education representing 70 campuses throughout the state committed to preparing college students to advance the public good in their communities. This funding will begin in July and will enable Indiana Campus Compact to create and support programs that prepare college students as the next generation of civic leaders and community-minded workforce for the state of Indiana.

“The heart of Indiana Campus Compact’s work is to provide more than a well-rounded education for college students. It is to prepare them for democracy and to give them a competitive edge. Community-based learning has been proven to increase students’ sense of social responsibility, improve their citizenship skills, increase their emotional intelligence, and advance the skills and real-world learning employers seek,” said J.R. Jamison, Indiana Campus Compact’s Executive Director.

For more than 25 years, Indiana Campus Compact has engaged public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions across the state to mobilize administrators, faculty, staff, students, and their community partners for place-based education and localized community impact. The work of Indiana Campus Compact has benefited not only institutions of higher education and thousands of students, but also hundreds of Indiana communities.

Through this three-year initiative, Indiana campuses and community agencies will be able to have a positive impact on tens of thousands of community members while preparing current college students for a life of reciprocal community engagement in all aspects of their professional and personal lives.

“Funding from Lilly Endowment helps us help students draw connections between classroom learning and real-world community issues. These efforts will lead to graduates who are well-informed advocates and prepared to be engaged leaders in Indiana communities,” said David Bathe, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Lafayette and Indiana Campus Compact’s Board Chair.

“This Compact, between our Indiana campuses, connects us to work toward reciprocal place-based experiences for college students, while at the same time challenging higher education administrators to re-think structures and practices. This funding will help us examine our work through a critical lens, scaffold experiences to increase learning across the continuum, and deepen assessment and evaluation efforts,” Bathe said.

About Indiana Campus Compact

Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating, implementing, and improving community engagement efforts so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged, and productive members of society who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities. Indiana Campus Compact is an affiliate of National Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.  

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical company. 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.

Learn more about the grants that Indiana Campus Compact will provide to its partner campuses with support of Lilly Endowment funding.