EDGE Mentoring Receives Grant From Lilly Endowment Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2017) – EDGE Mentoring is pleased to announce it has received a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund a strategic plan for growth of the organization.

EDGE’s model pairs one established leader with a group of five to seven emerging leaders in their first decade out of college. In less than four years, EDGE has grown from six mentoring groups to nearly 90.

During these past four years, EDGE has received 501c3 status, built out its team, tripled its budget through a mix of corporate partners and donors along with starting a series of events. EDGE Burst and Women’s events happen throughout the year. The annual EDGE|X conference is held each fall, having just sold out for a second consecutive year.

“EDGE is at an exciting inflection point in our growth journey as we explore what the next chapter of our organization looks like,” said Dave Neff, President & CEO of EDGE. “We have experienced success by keeping a laser-focus on outcomes that matter. This grant for the strategic planning process will help shape our vision over the next three years as we seek to continue to sharpen and multiply the influence and impact of emerging leaders in central Indiana and beyond.”


About EDGE Mentoring
EDGE Mentoring is an Indianapolis-based, faith-based, 501c3 non-profit organization. Originally founded in 2009 but receiving non-profit status in early 2016, EDGE seeks to foster intergenerational relationships that accelerate the growth and development of emerging leaders in their 20s and 30s. EDGE has seen over 600 members involved in the program representing 40 states. These mentoring relationships are created through a structured approach with a heavy focus on attracting high-caliber, professional men and women as mentors.
About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – 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 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.