I’ve just returned from the Washington National Cathedral, where we celebrated a wonderful, $5 million gift from the Lilly Endowment to launch restoration efforts at the site. Reverend Dr. Frank Wade, the interim dean of National Cathedral, thanked Lilly for the generous contribution and noted that many partnerships, including the National Trust’s National Treasures campaign, have helped to make the restoration a reality.
Dean Wade also made the beautiful point that, while large donations are deeply appreciated, the National Cathedral’s heart is its community, and every contribution – no matter how small – helps to strengthen that heart. Reverend Jean Smith spoke on behalf of the Lilly Endowment and Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust, spoke on behalf of our organization.
Today, we were reminded that the nation came together to build the National Cathedral over 83 years, and its restoration won’t happen overnight. The Lilly Endowment’s gift is an enormous step in the right direction.