Helping People in Need | Protecting Animals and Nature | Enriching Community Life
Helping People in Need | Protecting Animals and Nature | Enriching Community Life
Helping People in Need | Protecting Animals and Nature | Enriching Community Life
Helping People in Need | Protecting Animals and Nature | Enriching Community Life

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Trust awards over $2 million to Indiana nonprofits

In its first-round funding for 2021, the Trust awarded 30 grants totaling over $2 million to Indiana nonprofits

Trust awards over $3 million to Arizona nonprofits

In its first-round funding for 2021, the Trust awarded 27 grants totaling more than $3 million to Arizona nonprofits

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center pivots quickly to feed low-income seniors during pandemic

COVID-19 safety precautions required Banner Olive Branch Senior Center to suspend its congregate meals program, preventing low-income seniors from enjoying

Once one of the few places Black residents could swim in Indy, Belmont Beach finds new life as pop-up park

The patch of land on the west bank of the White River used to be the site of one of

Protecting Nature

Protecting Nature

Trust outlines $19.5 million, five-year environmental roadmap

The Trust is implementing a five-year environmental roadmap that dedicates $19.5 million to investments in protecting nature in Arizona and Indiana. The roadmap supports the Verde and White rivers to protect river flows, address water quality, preserve wildlife habitat, foster development of sound water policy and innovate economic and conservation collaborations. With the additional funding, the Trust continues to underwrite environmental reporting at The Arizona Republic and The Indianapolis Star, and annual state and international environmental reporting awards, to keep people informed about pressing environmental concerns of our time.

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64% of Arizonans don’t believe the state has enough water for the next 50 years.
Innovative projects with The Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Verde River retained more than 1.8 billion gallons of water in the Verde River in 2020 alone.

Helping People in Need

Helping People in Need
Helping People in Need

A better future through higher education

Achieving a college degree can be challenging, even under ideal circumstances, but consider if you were a former foster youth, an adult with dependents in the home or an individual with limiting physical disabilities trying to complete a degree. The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program embraces students with often serious barriers to higher education – and those students are thriving. Nina Scholars graduate at twice the rate of peers facing similar challenges. Eighty-five percent of Scholars who graduated in the past five years are employed in a field related to their degree, compared with 27% of their traditional student peers nationwide. The program offers personalized supports and services, intensive coaching, financial assistance and extended graduation timelines. Nina Scholars are inspiring examples of overcoming to achieve. If you know someone who may qualify to be a Nina Scholar, encourage them to apply.

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Over 360 Nina Scholars have earned college degrees since the program began in 2001.
85% of Nina Scholars who graduated in the past five years work in a field related to their course of study.

Protecting Animals

Protecting Animals

$7.75 million over five years for Arizona and Indiana pets

The Trust works closely with animal welfare agencies in Maricopa County, Arizona and Marion County, Indiana to keep pet euthanasia rates low and curb overpopulation. Since the Trust began collaborative grantmaking in 2012, euthanasia rates among cats and dogs in both counties have dropped 89% and 85%, respectively. Vigilance is critical to maintain this progress, so the Trust is dedicating nearly $8 million in Arizona and Indiana over the next five years to continue funding spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines and wellness access, and expand partnerships with animal welfare providers.

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A single pair of cats and its kittens can produce up to 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
From 2012 – 2020, the Trust invested over $13.3 million in animal welfare in Arizona and Indiana.

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Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold by delivering engaging, empowering programs online and in-person at schools, youth organizations and community centers. The program curriculum focuses on issues that all girls face – conflict management, college and career planning, and body image. The Trust supports Girls Inc.’s desire to help girls be healthy, educated and independent.

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Banner Olive Branch Senior Center

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is a hub for social connection, nutrition, education and health care for seniors in Sun City, Ariz. During the pandemic, Olive Branch adapted to safely serve its housebound clientele with increased home meal deliveries, volunteers to connect with seniors and assess needs, and Olive Branch Without Walls, providing online yoga classes, nutritional advice, virtual tours and trivia games to combat isolation.

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Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation

Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation is helping raise funds for a long-awaited, new Indianapolis Animal Care Services facility. The new shelter will provide the city with greater capacity to care for Indy’s stray dogs and cats and assist pet owners with low-cost pet care. FIACSF provides funding to promote adoptions, support shelter volunteers and fosters, assist with medical costs and make animal stays at city shelters more comfortable.

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