26 Indiana nonprofits receive $1,805,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

March 20, 2006

(Indianapolis)

–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,805,000 to

26 Indiana nonprofit organizations Monday, March 20. The presentation

was held at the Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, 4740

Kingsway Drive 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

$57 million to 339 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 first 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 $200,000,

and 10 of today’s recipients are first-time awardees.

"We welcome

Assante Children’s Theatre, Center for Interactive Learning and

Collaboration, Choices, D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Friends of Indianapolis

Animal Care & Control Foundation, Indiana Karst Conservancy,

Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, Jobs Partnership of Indianapolis, St.

Joseph Institute for the Deaf and Youth Philanthropy Initiative

of Indiana to the Trust family of grantees," Ivey added.

The Trust recognized

19 organizations helping people in need with grant commitments

totaling $1,470,000. "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 $190,000 to four organizations

protecting animals and nature.

The Trust’s

commitment to enriching community life in Indianapolis includes

$145,000 in grants to three 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 85 men and women in Indiana, and the sixth cohort of

17 students will begin 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 added.

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 Trust’s Scholar

page 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 $372 million in

assets as of January 31, 2006.

The next preliminary

application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the

Trust for funding is May 1, 2006.

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.