19 Arizona nonprofits receive $1,468,300 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 15, 2007

(Phoenix)
–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,468,300 to
19 Arizona nonprofit organizations Thursday, November 15. The presentation
was held at Sojourner Center in Phoenix, at 3:30 p.m.
Recipients began arriving at 3 p.m. for refreshments and an informal
“mixer” with the Trust’s Trustees, staff and representatives
from other grantee organizations.

“The Trust has continued
to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported during her life. Since
the Trust began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than
$70 million to 328 Arizona nonprofit organizations. 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.

“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. Today’s grants range
from $18,300 to $190,000,” said Harriet M. Ivey, Trust president
and CEO.

“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 an
emphasis on encouraging self-sufficiency, the Trust serves individuals,
including the elderly and disabled, women, children and their families,”
Trustee Carol P. Schilling said.

Helping People in Need grant recipients are: Beatitudes
Age Link $120,000; Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley $190,000;
Bridging AZ Furniture Bank, Inc. $30,000; Chicanos Por La Causa,
Inc. $50,000; Family Promise-Greater Phoenix $125,000; Girl Scouts
– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc. $30,000; Greater Phoenix Youth
at Risk Foundation, Inc. $25,000; Mountain Park Health Center $70,000;
National Center for Learning Disabilities $100,000; New Song Center
for Grieving Children & Those Who Love Them $25,000; One Step
Beyond $150,000; Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic $150,000;
Rehoboth Community Development Corporation $45,000; Valley of the
Sun Community Diaper Bank $18,300.

“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.

Protecting Animals
and Nature
grant recipients are: Arizona Association for
Environmental Education $45,000; Arizona Wilderness Coalition $75,000;
Phoenix Herpetological Society, Inc. $130,000; Sky Island Alliance
$55,000.

“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.

Enriching Community Life grant recipient is: Maricopa
Partnership for Arts and Culture $35,000.

Trustee Nancy M. Russell
discussed the impact of the Trust’s college scholarship program.
She said, “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. Since the Nina Scholars program
began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 167 men and
women in Arizona.

In 2006, the Trust extended
the Nina Scholars program through 2010, committing $7.8 million
over the next four years to scholarships for 168 nontraditional
college students in Arizona and Indiana. The program extension also
includes an annual $2,750 living allowance for Scholars, books,
fees and the program’s administrative costs. The Nina Scholars program
now accounts for 10 percent of the Trust’s annual grantmaking.

Nina Scholars are 25
years or older with dependents, college-age students and adults
with physical disabilities, or college-age youth who were raised
in the foster care system and are self-supporting. The seventh cohort
of 23 Arizona students began their studies this fall at Arizona
State University and Maricopa Community Colleges.

“Nina believed in
education’s power to transform lives, and our Nina Scholars are
testimony to this,” Russell added.

To receive additional
Nina Scholars program information visit the Trust
Scholars
page or contact: Cory Gonzales, nina.scholars@asu.edu
at ASU, 480-727-6561; or Monica Castaneda, nina.scholars@domail.maricopa.edu
at Maricopa Community Colleges, 480-731-8820.

The Trust, which also
makes grants in Indiana, had approximately $410.8 million in assets
as of September 30, 2007.

The next preliminary
application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the
Trust for funding is January 8, 2008.

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.