Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awards $100 MILLION – Arizona’s first round of grants for 2005 announced

March 17, 2005

(Phoenix)– With its

first round of grants for 2005 totaling $4,518,500, the Nina Mason

Pulliam Charitable Trust has awarded $100,599,650 to 585 nonprofit

organizations since 1998 when it began making grants in Arizona

and Indiana. The announcement and presentation was held Thursday,

March 17, at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, 1130 E. McDowell Road

at 8 a.m.

"The Trust has become

a significant community partner, furthering the causes Nina Pulliam

devoted much of her life to supporting. We, as trustees, 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 supported 585 great organizations and assisted them

in enhancing the lives of many individuals and creating better communities."

Since 1998, the Trust

has granted $68,323,160 to 451 organizations helping people in need;

$16,714,805 to 54 organizations protecting animals and nature; and

$15,561,685 to 98 organizations enriching community life.


Pulliam would have been so proud of the great work of the Trust’s

grantee organizations," said Trustee Carol Peden Schatt. "Nina

spent a lifetime helping others and her Trust has now evolved as

a strong resource for nonprofit groups in her beloved hometowns

of Indianapolis and Phoenix. She was an Indiana native and later

a resident of Arizona, and we are thrilled to see the impact of

the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in those two states,"

Schatt added.

With the first of three

rounds of grants for 2005, the Trust committed $2,370,500 to 22

Arizona organizations. Five organizations were first-time grant

recipients (as denoted with an asterisk on the attached grants listing).

Overall $984,500 supported organizations helping people in need,

$1,336,000 went to organizations protecting animals and nature,

and $50,000 funded organizations enriching community life.

"It was also a landmark

year for the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program in 2004

with the Trust’s first graduating class of nine Scholars,"

Trustee Nancy Russell said. "Since the Nina Scholars program

began in 2001, it has celebrated graduates and currently has more

than 150 men and women pursuing their degrees. Nina believed in

education’s power to transform lives and our Nina Scholars are testament

to this."

"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


The Nina Mason Pulliam

Legacy Scholars program provides scholarships to men and women who

are often overlooked by traditional college scholarships. The Nina

Scholars program is accepting applications for the 2005 fall semester

at Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges. The

application deadline is April 1 and information may be obtained

from the Trust web site or by calling the Scholar office at ASU,

480-727-6561 or MCC, 480-731-8619.

The Trust, which also

makes grants in Indiana, had approximately $354 million in assets

as of December 31, 2004.

The next preliminary

application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the

Trust for funding is May 13, 2005.

Applications may be obtained

by writing to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, 2201 E. Camelback

Road, Suite 600-B, Phoenix, AZ 85016; or by calling 602-955-3000;

or through the Application

page on our web site.