Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awards $4,259,300 in grants to 42 Arizona and Indiana charities

April 1, 2002

(Phoenix/Indianapolis)

– The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust presented $4,259,300 in

grants to 42 Indiana and Arizona charities in March at statewide

check presentation ceremonies. The check presentations were held

at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on March 14 and The Center

for Agricultural Science & Heritage in Indianapolis on March

20. The check presentation ceremonies were held at former Trust

grantee sites with more than 75 guests at each event.

"The grant

recipients share a common thread of excellence in fulfilling their

commitments to their respective communities and states," said

Harriet M. Ivey, president and chief executive officer of the Nina

Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. "Grants range from $8,000 to

$500,000 and represent every area of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable

Trust’s program interests, which are helping people in need, protecting

animals and nature and enriching community life," Ivey added.

This is the Trust’s first funding round for the year 2002. The Trust

has a distribution budget of $15.6 million in 2002. Since the Trust

began making grants in 1998, it has committed $58,754,221 to 425

nonprofit organizations.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program was launched in the

fall of 2001. Through the program, the Trust underwrites scholarships

for nontraditional college students at Indiana University-Purdue

University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech State College, Central Indiana

Campus and Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges

in Phoenix.

In the fall of 2001, the Trust sponsored five students at IUPUI,

eight students at ASU, 12 students at Ivy Tech State College and

15 students at Maricopa Community Colleges. Additional Nina Scholars

will be recruited on an annual basis.

The Trust had approximately $367 million in assets as of Dec. 31,

2001.

The next deadline for Preliminary Applications is May 15, 2002.

Applications may be

obtained on the Trust’s web site or by writing the Nina Mason Pulliam

Charitable Trust, 135 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 1200, Indianapolis,

IN 46204; or by calling 317-231-6075.