27 Indiana nonprofits receive $2,052,750 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 12, 2007

–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,052,750 to
27 Indiana nonprofit organizations Monday, November 12, 2007. The
presentation was held at Ruth Lilly Health Education Center, 2055
N. Senate 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
$70 million to 380 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

"This is the final
presentation of three grant rounds this year, and the organizations
receiving funding today represent every area of the Trust’s mission.
Today’s grants range from $20,000 to $250,000", said Harriet
M. Ivey, Trust president and CEO.

"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
an 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: Auntie Mame’s Child Development Center $100,000;
Bosma Enterprises $125,000; Center for Leadership Development, Inc.
$250,000; Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc. $200,000; Dads,
Inc. of Indiana $50,000; Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Inc. $50,000;
Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Center $130,000; Latino Coalition
Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Inc. $25,000; National Alliance
on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indianapolis $60,000; National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People – Greater Indianapolis Branch
$37,750; PACE/OAR $60,000; Partners in Housing Development Corporation
$100,000; Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. $150,000; Mary Rigg
Neighborhood Center $50,000; St. Francis Healthcare Foundation,
Inc. $30,000; St. Mary’s Child Center $43,000.

"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: FACE – Foundation Against Companion
Animal Euthanasia, Inc. $50,000; Improving Kids’ Environment $20,000;
Jameson Camp, Inc. $25,000; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful $40,000.

"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: Community Development Law Center $75,000;
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art $150,000; Heartland
Truly Moving Pictures $60,000; Indiana State Museum Foundation,
Inc. $25,000; Indianapolis Recorder Charities, Inc. $72,000; International
Center of Indianapolis, Inc. $25,000; NPower Indiana, Inc. $50,000.

Trustee Nancy M. Russell
discussed the impact of the Trust’s college scholarship program.
She said, "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 129 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 began 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.

The Trust, which also makes
grants in Arizona, had approximately $410.8 million in assets as of
September 30, 2007.

The next
preliminary application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying
to the Trust for funding is January 8, 2008.

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.