23 Indiana nonprofits receive $1,877,500 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

March 15, 2007

(Indianapolis)
–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,877,500 to
23 Indiana nonprofit organizations Thursday, March 15, 2007. The
presentation was held at Indianapolis Urban League, 777 Indiana
Avenue 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
$63 million to 365 Indiana 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.

“The Trust presents
grants three times a year. This is the first grant award this year
and the organizations receiving funding today represent every area
of the Trust’s mission,” said Harriet M. Ivey, Trust president
and CEO. Today’s grants range from $47,500 to $250,000.

“Nina spent
a lifetime helping others, and her Trust has evolved into a strong
resource for nonprofit groups in her beloved hometown of Indianapolis.
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.

Helping People in Need grant recipients are: 100 Black Men
of Indianapolis $90,000; Coalition for Homelessness Intervention
and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis $50,000; John P. Craine House
$50,000; Damar Services $250,000; Exodus Refugee Immigration $60,000;
Fresh Start of Indianapolis $47,500; Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
$85,000; Indiana Canine Assistant and Adolescent Network $65,000;
Indiana Mother’s Milk Bank $100,000; IU School of Informatics at
IUPUI $115,000; Metropolitan School District of Warren Township
$90,000; Oasis Christian Community Development Corporation $135,000;
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation $100,000; Save the Youth $50,000;
Step-Up $55,000; United Negro College Fund $65,000.

“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: The Citizens
Energy Coalition Education Fund $100,000; Hoosier Environmental
Council Foundation $60,000; Indiana Wildlife Federation $75,000.

“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 recipients are: Emergent Leadership
Institute $50,000; Local Initiatives Support Corporation $75,000;
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis $60,000; United Way of Central
Indiana $50,000.

Trustee Nancy M. Russell
discussed the impact of the Trust’s college scholarship program.
“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 104 men and
women in Indiana.

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 19 Indiana students will begin their studies this fall at Indiana
University Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community
College – Central Indiana.

“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 Scholars
web site or contact: Charles Johnson, nina@iupui.edu
317-278-7878 at IUPUI; or Cheri Bush, ninascholars@lists.ivytech.edu
at Ivy Tech Community College, 317-921-4617.

The Trust, which also
makes grants in Arizona, had approximately $395.2 million in assets
as of January 31, 2007.

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

Preliminary applications
may be obtained through the Application
page on our web site; by writing to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable
Trust, 135 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN
46204; or by calling 317-231-6075.