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Study: Lilly Endowment Now 2nd-Largest Private US Foundation

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new analysis has found that the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment is now the nation's second-largest private charitable foundation, trailing only the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The analysis was performed by FoundationMark, which tracks the investment performance of more than 40,000 foundations. 

It found that the Lilly Endowment’s assets reached $15.1 billion at the end of 2018, pushing it ahead of the Ford Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, which had assets of $13.1 billion and $13.2 billion, respectively.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation remained by far the largest private foundation, with $46.9 billion in assets.

Indiana Public Broadcasting is a recipient of funds from the Lilly Endowment.