A Generous Gift for a Historic Institution
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, a cherished institution that celebrates and preserves the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500, has received a significant boost.
The Lilly Endowment Inc., which isa private philanthropic foundation based in Indianapolis, has awarded the museum a whopping $20 million. This gift is set to accelerate the museum's mission and ensure it continues to be a beacon of motorsport history for generations to come.
About the Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Lilly Endowment Inc. was founded in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons – Eli and J.K. Jr. – as they used gifts of stock from their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company, to create the Endowment.
The Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion, with a special emphasis on projects that benefit young people and strengthen financial self-sufficiency in the charitable sector.
This recent donation to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is a testament to their commitment to community development and education.
The Legacy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, officially opened in 1956, is home to one of the world's premier collections of racing automobiles and artifacts.
With more than 55,000 artifacts and over 300 vehicles, the museum has become a must-visit destination for racing enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
It has been named one of USA Today’s Top Three Best Sports Attractions in the Country, welcoming more than 140,000 visitors each year.
What's Next for the Museum?
With this generous gift from the Lilly Endowment, the future looks bright for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
“We are grateful to Lilly Endowment for its catalytic gift, which will help students of all ages to engage in a new robust STEAM initiative that provides learning opportunities in the science, math, art, and technology fields,” said IMS president Joe Hale.
“A custom on-site STEAM classroom will be a cornerstone of the new IMS Museum, led by an experienced education professional who will create and deliver original hands-on educational experiences and curricula that will spark students’ interest and expose them to potential careers in the motorsports industry.”
The funds will undoubtedly be put to good use, further enhancing the museum's collections, expanding its educational programs, and preserving the rich history of motorsports for future generations.
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