23 Arizona nonprofits receive $1,937,300 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 17, 2005


–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,937,300 to

23 Arizona nonprofit organizations Thursday, November 17. The announcement

and presentation were held at the Southwest Autism Research and

Resource Center, 300 N. 18th Street, at 8:30 a.m.

"The Trust has continued

to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported much of 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

$55 million to 288 Arizona nonprofit organizations."

"This 2005 third

round of grants includes every area of the Trust’s interests,"

said Harriet Ivey, Trust president and CEO (grant list is attached).

"Grants range from $18,000 to $250,000, and six of today’s

recipients are first-time awardees. We welcome Arizona Quest for

Kids, Best Buddies Arizona, Chandler Christian Community Center,

1n10, Sky Harbor Interfaith Chaplaincy, Inc. and Sky Island Alliance

to the Trust family of grantees."

The Trust recognized

16 organizations helping people in need with grant commitments totaling

$1,207,300. "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 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 $225,000 to three organizations

protecting animals and nature.

The Trust’s commitment

to enriching community life in Phoenix includes a $250,000 grant

to Childsplay, Inc. to create the Campus for Imagination and Wonder

at the former Mitchell elementary school in Tempe to consolidate

all of the agency’s operations (Childsplay Academy, laboratory theater,

rehearsal hall, administrative space and community space) under

one roof, allowing it to serve 50,000 additional young people and

their families. "Nina was known for supporting programs that

brought cultural and educational opportunities to citizens of all

ages who otherwise might not have realized such experiences."

Schilling explained.

"2005 also is a

landmark year for the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program

as we celebrate the graduation of 17 Nina Scholars," Trustee

Nancy Russell said. "Since the Nina Scholars program began

in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 65 men and women

in Arizona pursuing their dream of a college degree. The fifth cohort

will begin studies this fall. Nina believed in education’s power

to transform lives and our Nina Scholars are testament to this."

"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


The Nina Mason Pulliam

Legacy Scholars program provides scholarships to Arizona State University

and Maricopa Community Colleges for men and women who are often

overlooked by traditional college scholarships. Additional information

may be obtained from the Trust 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 $360 million in assets

as of September 30, 2005.

The next preliminary

application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the

Trust for funding is January 6, 2006.

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.