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

March 21, 2005

(Indianapolis) – 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 it began making grants in Arizona and Indiana

in 1998. The announcement and presentation was held Monday, March

21, at Volunteers of America of Indiana, Theodora House, 927 N.

Pennsylvania Street at 3 p.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.

“Nina 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 $2,148,000 to 32

Indiana organizations. Ten organizations were first-time grant recipients

(as denoted with an asterisk on the grants listing). Overall $1,608,000

supported organizations helping people in need, $405,000 went to

organizations protecting animals and nature, and $135,000 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 Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech

State College Central Indiana. The application deadline is April

1 and information may be obtained from the Trust web site or by

calling the Scholar office at IUPUI, 317-278-7878 or Ivy Tech State

College, at 317-921-4617.

The Trust, which also

makes grants in Arizona, 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, 135 N. Pennsylvania

Street, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204; or by calling 317-231-6075;

or through the Application

page on our web site.