25 Indiana nonprofits receive $1,844,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 13, 2006

–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,844,000 to
25 Indiana nonprofit organizations Monday, November 13. The presentation
was held at Shepherd Community, Inc., 4107 E. Washington Street,
at 3:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments began at 3 p.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 356 Indiana 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 $20,000 to $350,000,
and five of today’s recipients are first-time awardees.

“We welcome The Conservation Law Center, IU Foundation on
behalf of IUPUI Solution Center (Nonprofit Solution Center), Second
Starts, Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, and Starfish Initiative

to the Trust family of grantees,” Ivey added. “With today’s
grant announcement, the Trust has awarded $6,727,722 to Indiana’s
nonprofit community in 2006.”

The Trust recognized
20 organizations helping people in need with grant commitments
totaling $1,214,000. “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.

“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 Indiana,”
Schilling said. The Trust awarded $230,000 to three organizations
protecting animals and nature.

The Trust’s commitment
to enriching community life in Indianapolis includes $400,000
in grants 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 104 men and women in Indiana, and the sixth cohort of 19 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

The Nina Scholars program
provides scholarships to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
and Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana. You may obtain additional
information from the Scholars web site
or by calling the Nina Scholar Program Manager offices at IUPUI,
317-278-7878 or Ivy Tech Community College, at 317-921-4617.

The Trust, which also
makes grants in Arizona, 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, 135 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN
46204; or by calling 317-231-6075.