Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants awarded to 21 Indiana charities

March 14, 2002

(Indianapolis) – The

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust presented $2,478,000 in grants

to 21 Indiana charities Wednesday, March 20, 2002. More than 70

guests representing the nonprofit organizations attended the check

presentation at The Center for Agricultural Science & Heritage-also

known as The BARN, 1201 E. 38th Street (38th Street and Coliseum

Ave.).

"Today’s grant recipients share a common thread of excellence

in fulfilling their commitments to this community and state,"

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. Since

the Trust began making grants in 1998, it has committed $30,185,818.40

to 208 nonprofit organizations in Indiana.

Nina Pulliam passed away

in March of 1997. At her direction, upon her death, her assets were

placed into an irrevocable charitable trust to support the causes

she loved in her home states of Arizona and Indiana.

"Year 2002 marks our fifth year of a 50-year life for Trust

operations. We will be a part of this community for 45 more years

and in perpetuity through the legacy of your work that we are supporting

today," Trustee Chairman Frank E. Russell stated to the Indiana

agency representatives attending.

"The Trust’s funding interests center around Nina’s passions,

continuing to support the things she loved and adding to the quality

of life for all Hoosiers," said Carol Peden Schatt, Trustee

and niece of Mrs. Pulliam.

Trustee Nancy Russell updated the audience about the Trust’s most

recent initiative–the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program

to underwrite scholarships for nontraditional college students at

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Ivy

Tech State College, Central Indiana Campus.

Each year the Trust is sponsoring five students at IUPUI and 12

students at the Ivy Tech. The first cohort of 17 Nina Scholars began

classes in the fall 2001 semester. Nina Scholars will be recruited

on an annual basis. More information about the Nina Scholars program

may be found on the Trust’s web site www.ninapulliamtrust.org.

The Trust also makes grants in Indiana and had approximately $367

million in assets as of Dec. 31, 2001.

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.