26 Arizona nonprofits receive $2,605,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

March 21, 2007

(Phoenix)
–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,605,000 to
26 Arizona nonprofit organizations Wednesday, March 21. The presentation
was held at Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham at 2:30
p.m. Recipients began arriving at 2 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
$64 million to 309 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.

"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 $9,000 to $500,000.

"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 P. Schilling
said.

Helping People in Need
grant recipients are: About Care $40,000;
American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter $45,000; Asian Pacific
Community in Action $30,000; Big Brothers Big Sister of Central
Arizona $36,000; Central Arizona Shelter Services $50,000; Child
Abuse Prevention $150,000; Desert Mission $23,000; Eve’s Place $50,000;
Friendly House $150,000; Helping Hands Housing Services $28,000;
Horses Help Foundation $65,000; Junior Achievement of Arizona $42,000;
New Life Center $150,000; Power Paws Assistance Dogs $25,000; Southwest
Autism Research and Resource Center $50,000; Stepping Stones of
Hope $30,000; The Centers for Habitation $250,000; Tumbleweed Center
for Youth Development $109,000; Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation
$100,000.

"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: Arizona-Sonora
Desert Museum $200,000; Center for Biological Diversity $80,000;
Desert Botanical Garden $500,000; Native Seeds/SEARCH $150,000;
New Dawn Livestock Rescue & Sanctuary $9,000; Sun Valley Animal
Shelter $200,000.

"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: Rosie’s House:
A Music Academy for Children $43,000.

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 138 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 will begin 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 Susan Taffer, nina.scholars@domail.maricopa.edu
at Maricopa Community Colleges, 480-731-8820.

The Trust, which also
makes grants in Indiana, 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, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 600B, Phoenix, AZ 85016; or
by calling 602-955-3000.