First Issue 2013


President's Message

Dear Indiana Readers,

Today, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is proud to announce more than $1.5 million in grants to four nonprofit animal welfare organizations, kicking off a joint communitywide campaign with the Indiana Animal Welfare Alliance and the City of Indianapolis.

The goal of the "Love me. Fix me." campaign is happier pets and a healthier community. Over the next several years, we expect to see significant reductions in the number of homeless or unwanted dogs and cats in Indianapolis, and a major increase in pet adoptions. Both will result in fewer companion animals being euthanized at Indianapolis Animal Care & Control because there are no homes for them.

The timing is right. A true consortium of interested animal organizations is now operating effectively after three years of organizing. We expect to see a major improvement in what has long been a cruel condition for the area's unwanted domestic animal population.

However, it will not be easy. It will take a lot of partnerships involving nonprofits, the city of Indianapolis and philanthropies for lasting impact. For that reason, we were happy to see Mayor Greg Ballard today at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control when the "Love me. Fix me." campaign was announced. We are particularly pleased that Lilly Endowment and the Tony Stewart Foundation also lent their support to this campaign. Other foundations or philanthropists are being invited to join as well.

The members of the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance include the Humane Society of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, Spay Neuter Services of Indiana, FACE (Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia), Southside Animal Shelter, Cat's Haven, Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, Indy Pit Crew, Casa del Toro, and Paws and Think.

Nina Mason Pulliam, the Trust's namesake, loved animals. Her homes in Indianapolis and Phoenix were havens for creatures large and small. As a result, the founding Trustees decided to make the protection of animals and nature one of our three giving areas, alongside helping people in need and enriching community life.

We will continue to update you as the "Love me. Fix me" campaign unfolds in our community.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments. 

Animal welfare campaign unveiled to increase spay/neuter services and adoptions


Four new grants range from $25,000 to $1.25 million

The largest of the Trust's grants announced today, $1.25 million, goes to the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Under John Aleshire's leadership, the Humane Society will serve as lead organization in the communitywide public relations campaign. Its marketing and communications efforts are designed to benefit all of the animal welfare groups in Indianapolis.

The campaign will target geographic areas with the greatest need: the Irvington, Fountain Square, Lawrence, Mars Hill and Southport neighborhoods, for example, will be early priorities. Residents in these and other areas often do not get their pets spayed or neutered because of cost and transportation issues.

Other grants announced today go to FACE (Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia), Cat's Haven, and Southside Animal Shelter.

FACE received $170,300 to double its spay/neutering capacity from 3,000 to 6,000 cats per year. The money will also facilitate a merger between FACE and IndyFeral, which are working to decrease the growth in the feral cat population in Indianapolis neighborhoods.

The Southside Animal Shelter grant of $85,000 is for two years of program support to develop the Silver Tails program to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for at least 120 older and special needs dogs. The program will focus on increasing animal adoptions from the shelter and Trust funding will primarily cover medical costs, such as vaccines and spay/neuter surgeries.

A $25,000 grant to Cat's Haven will provide a free-roaming sanctuary for more than 100 sick, homeless or feral cats daily, or about 300 a year. Trust funding will cover veterinarian expenses, food and shelter supplies, outreach programs for local community residents, spay and neuter education for low-income pet owners, and community awareness through participation in citywide events.

Themayor hailed the privately funded, nonprofit-managed initiative as a model of public/private cooperation. See the press release about the Indianapolis Animal Welfare Alliance campaign.



Trust releases new 2013 Guidelines

For 2013, the grant review process is much more compact from start to finish. Previously the process took approximately seven months and involved a two-step application. The new process will shorten the time between the request and funding to four months by having applicants complete one application for funding.

Critical to the process, nonprofit organizations seeking funds from the Trust are required to consult with a Trust program officer prior to submitting a proposal. If the Trust determines the request to be of interest, it will send instructions and application materials to the prospective grantee organization.

Please visit our website at for more information.

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