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Lilly Global Giving Puts Power of Philanthropy in Employees' Hands
Date:7/25/2011

INDIANAPOLIS, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) employees worldwide can donate to more than 800 grassroots projects across the globe and have their donations matched by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation—doubling the value and impact of each employee's charitable contribution.

Lilly is partnering with the GlobalGiving Foundation to offer its employees across the world a customized Lilly Global Giving website, where employees may choose from multiple projects that are helping to advance Lilly's corporate responsibility goals in the areas of health, hunger, education, and the environment.  

Employees who donate $25 (USD) or more to projects featured on the Lilly Global Giving website will have their donations automatically matched by the Lilly Foundation. Each year, the Lilly Foundation will match employees' contributions through the program up to $1 million (USD) companywide.

To encourage employees' participation in the new program, the Lilly Foundation is offering every eligible Lilly employee worldwide the opportunity to direct a $50 (USD) credit toward causes that are most meaningful to them via the Lilly Global Giving website. For each project to which they donate, employees will receive updates from project leaders to learn how their contributions are making a difference in the lives of others.  

"We have a 135-year history of giving back and are proud of the Lilly Foundation's strong philanthropic footprint in Indianapolis and across the United States," said John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., Lilly chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "Through Lilly Global Giving, we're expanding our reach and engaging our employees in new ways.  For the first time, Lilly employees worldwide will have the opportunity to support global projects they're passionate about and have their contrib
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