Lilly Endowment, a private philanthropic foundation renowned throughout Indiana, is chaired by lawyer Thomas M. Lofton. He is one of Indianapolis’ best-known counselors in tax exempt organizations, estate planning, trust law, and fraternal law. Thomas M. Lofton was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1954. Later, he gained membership in the Seventh Circuit, Indiana State and American Bar associations. After entering the bar, he worked as a law clerk in the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Minton. The Lily Endownment is a historic nonprofit founded by pharmaceutical entrepreneurs J.K. Lilly and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. Established in 1937, the Endowment supports youth, education, and community development throughout Indiana. Before Lilly, Thomas Lofton had served as board member of the Indiana University Foundation from 1978 through 1991. Until that year, he had also sat on the boards of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation (1982-1991), Conner Prairie (1984-1991) and Earlham College (1990-1991).

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Thomas Lofton is a member of the Lilly Endowment’s board of directors.

In behalf of Lilly Endowment, Thomas Lofton gave a grant worth $1 million to Ball State University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

In 1997, Thomas Lofton received Indiana University’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award, an accolade given to outstanding alumni.

Indiana University received one of its largest gifts ever from Lilly Endowment under Thomas Lofton.

Thomas Lofton is mentioned in this New York Times article.

Thomas Lofton received his LLD from Indiana University in 2000 with singer John Mellencamp.

Gwyn Richards, Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music Dean, thanks Thomas Lofton and the Lilly Endowment for their multimillion gift.

The Jacobs School of Music receives huge grant the Lilly Endowment.

Betty Lofton, Thomas Lofton’s wife, is one of Butler University’s trustees.