21 Indiana nonprofits receive $1,609,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

March 24, 2003

(Indianapolis) -The Nina

Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust presented $1,609,000 in grants to

21 Indiana agencies Monday, March 24. More than 60 guests representing

the nonprofit organizations attended the check presentation at Noble

of Indiana, 7701 E. 21st Street.

"Our funding helps people in need, protects animals and nature,

and enriches community life in Indiana and Arizona, the states Mrs.

Pulliam called home," explained Harriet M. Ivey, president

and chief executive officer of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable

Trust. "Nine of today’s grantees are first-time recipients

of the Trust’s giving. Grants range from $12,500 to $224,000,"

Ivey added.

This is the first of the Trust’s three funding rounds for 2003.

Since the Trust began making grants in 1998, it has committed $38,389,656

to 247 nonprofit organizations in Indiana.

"As the Trust enters

its sixth year, we are most pleased with the long-term impact of

our grant dollars and the relationships and programs established

with our family of grantees," said Trustee Carol Peden Schatt.

"Nina would have been so proud of the work her dollars are

supporting today," she added.

"The Trust will be a part of this community for many years

to come – during the next 44 years of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable

Trust’s 50-year life and, more importantly, through the legacy of

your work," Trustee Chairman Frank E. Russell stated to the

Indiana organization representatives attending.

Trustee Nancy Russell updated the audience about the Nina Mason

Pulliam Legacy Scholars program, which opens doors of higher education

for men and women who are often overlooked for traditional college

scholarships.

"We are very pleased that many of our Nina Scholars are referred

from nonprofit organizations the Trust supports," Russell said.

Beginning in 2001, each year the Trust has sponsored five new students

at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and

12 new students at Ivy Tech State College, Central Indiana Campus.

The third cohort of 17 Nina Scholars will begin classes in the fall

2003 semester. The Nina Scholars application process begins in January

of each year. Information about the Nina

Scholars program may be found on the Trust’s web site.

The Trust, which also makes grants in Arizona, had approximately

$300 million in assets as of December 31, 2002.

The next deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply for funding

is May 15, 2003.

Applications may be obtained

by writing to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, 135 N. Pennsylvania

Street, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204; or by calling 317-231-6075;

or through the Application

page on our web site.