27 Indiana nonprofits receive $2,334,500 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

July 24, 2007

(Indianapolis)
–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,334,500 to
27 Indiana nonprofit organizations Tuesday, July 24, 2007. The presentation
was held at Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek,
2990 W. 71st Street 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
$67 million to 376 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 second 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 (detailed grant list is attached). Today’s grants range
from $10,000 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 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: African Community
International $100,000; Assistive Technology Through Action in Indiana
$75,000; AYS $28,500; Catholic Social Services $24,000; Christamore
House $50,000; Heritage Place of Indianapolis $25,000; Indiana Black
Expo $50,000; Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault $72,000;
Indiana Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped $35,000; Indiana
Minority Health Coalition $85,000; Indiana Perinatal Network $100,000;
Indy Reads $110,000; Joy’s House $125,000; JTs Hand Neonatal Foundation
$35,000; Prevent Blindness Indiana $115,000; Riley Children’s Foundation
$100,000; RISE Learning Center $75,000.

"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: ACRES
$10,000; Bat Conservation International $35,000; Friends of the
White River $60,000; Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation &
Development Council $55,000; Indiana Friends of the Archives $70,000;
Indiana University Center for Earth and Environmental Science $80,000;
The Nature Conservancy, Inc. – Indiana Chapter $70,000.

"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: Indianapolis
Museum of Art $500,000; Trustee Leadership Development $50,000;
Young Audiences of Indiana $200,000.

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 123 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 $410 million in assets
as of May 31, 2007.

The next preliminary
application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the
Trust for funding is September 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.