16 Arizona nonprofits receive $1,224,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 16, 2006

(Phoenix)
— The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,224,000 to
16 Arizona nonprofit organizations Thursday, November 16. The presentation
was held at Southwest Human Development, 2850 N. 24th Street, at
8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast began at 8 a.m.

“The Trust has continued
to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported during her life. As
Trustees, we are pleased to continue her legacy of helping people
in need, protecting animals and nature, and enriching community
life,” said Frank E. Russell, Trustee chairman.

“Since the Trust
began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $61 million
to 303 Arizona nonprofit organizations. Nina Pulliam believed we
all have a responsibility to give back to our community. Nina called
Indianapolis and Phoenix home, which is the reason her Trust focuses
its grants to organizations in these cities,” Russell added.

“This is the final
presentation of three grant rounds this year and includes every
area of the Trust’s interests,” said Harriet M. Ivey, Trust
president and CEO. “Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and
three of today’s recipients are first-time awardees.

“We welcome Bridging
AZ Furniture Bank, Museum of Northern Arizona and Scottsdale Training
and Rehabilitation Services
to the Trust family of grantees,”
Ivey added. “With today’s grant announcement, the Trust has
awarded $6,331,866 to Arizona’s nonprofit community in 2006.”

The Trust recognized
10 organizations helping people in need with grant commitments
totaling $659,000. “Nina spent a lifetime helping others, and
her Trust has evolved into a strong resource for nonprofit groups
in her beloved hometown of Phoenix. With a strong emphasis on encouraging
self-sufficiency, the Trust serves individuals, including the elderly
and disabled, women, children and their families,” Trustee
Carol P. Schilling said.

“Nina was known
for her love of animals and was concerned for their welfare. Throughout
her life, she supported efforts to protect animals of all kinds,
as well as their habitats and the natural beauty of Arizona,”
Schilling said. The Trust awarded $258,000 to four organizations
protecting animals and nature.

The Trust’s commitment
to enriching community life in Phoenix includes $307,000
to two organizations. “During her life, Nina supported programs
that brought cultural and educational opportunities to children
and adults who otherwise might not have realized such experiences,”
Schilling explained.

“The Nina Mason
Pulliam Legacy Scholars program continues to bring the dream of
a college education to those who are overlooked by traditional scholarship
programs,” said Trustee Nancy M. Russell. “Since the Nina
Scholars program began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more
than 138 men and women in Arizona, and the sixth cohort of 23 students
began their studies this fall. Nina believed in education’s power
to transform lives, and our Nina Scholars are testament to this.

“The Nina Scholars
program assists three groups of nontraditional students whom mainstream
scholarship programs overlook. Nina Scholars are 25 years or older
with dependents, college-age students and adults with physical disabilities,
or college-age youth who have been reared in the child-welfare system
and are self-supporting.

“Nina came from
a family that emphasized the importance of education. Education
was the foundation for her great successes. From very humble beginnings,
Nina became a recognized leader during her lifetime in the newspaper
industry and in her home states of Indiana and Arizona,” Russell
added.

The Nina Scholars program
provides scholarships to Arizona State University and Maricopa Community
Colleges. You may obtain additional information from the Scholars
web site
or by calling the Nina Scholar Program Manager
offices at ASU, 480-727-6561 or Maricopa Community Colleges, at
480-731-8619.

The Trust, which also
makes grants in Indiana, had approximately $373.5 million in assets
as of September 30, 2006.

The next preliminary
application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the
Trust for funding is January 4, 2007.

Preliminary applications may be obtained through the Application
page on our web site; by writing to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable
Trust, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 600B, Phoenix, AZ 85016; or
by calling 602-955-3000.