Maureen West joins Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

(Indianapolis) –The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, based in Phoenix and Indianapolis, has hired journalist Maureen West as its director of communications and evaluation. West, a writer and editor who has specialized in coverage of nonprofit issues and organizations, will be responsible for communicating the Trust’s work as well as leading the effort to assess the impact of the Trust’s community grants.

Since 2009, West has written for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Center for Public Integrity and the AARP Bulletin.  She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University and a certificate in the advanced study of evaluation from Claremont Graduate University.  She was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, a fellowship awarded for her work at The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette.  West’s career at The Republic and Gazette included reporting and editing positions, rising to the position of Phoenix editor.

“Maureen brings a unique combination of skills to this new position,” said Harriet Ivey, Trust president and CEO.  “She will help bring keener awareness of the impact of the Trust’s grantmaking and expand our communication with the communities we serve,” she added.

This year, the Trust will award approximately $14 million in grants in the two cities, targeted to help people in need, to protect animals and nature, and to enrich community life.

Since the Trust began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $201 million to 864 Indiana and Arizona nonprofit organizations.  As of August 31, 2012, the Trust had assets of approximately $345.6 million.

For more information about the Trust and its programs visit www.ninapulliamtrust.org.