17 Indiana nonprofits receive $1,925,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

March 1, 2008

–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $1,925,000 to
17 Indianapolis nonprofit organizations March 26, 2008. In keeping
with its 10-year tradition, the Trust held a presentation at the
location of a former grant recipient. Indianapolis Museum of Art,
4000 Michigan Road, hosted the check presentation at 3:30 p.m. Recipients
began arriving at 3 p.m. for refreshments and an informal reception
with Trustees, staff and representatives from organizations receiving

"During her lifetime,
Nina Mason Pulliam dedicated her assets and business expertise to
organizations helping people in need, protecting animals and nature
and enriching community life in her hometown of Indianapolis,"
said Frank E. Russell, Trustee chairman. "Since the Trust began
its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $72 million to
385 Indiana nonprofit organizations.

"The Trust continues
Nina’s legacy and belief that we all have a responsibility to give
back to our community. Nina called Phoenix and Indianapolis home,
which is the reason her Trust divides its grantmaking evenly between
organizations in these cities," Russell added.

"Today’s grant recipients
represent every area of the Trust’s interests and, of special note,
five grantees are first-time recipients. The Trust is pleased to
continue to build on its legacy of community grantmaking through
the wonderful work of the Trust family of grantees," said Harriet
Ivey, Trust president and CEO.

"In the first 10
years of its 50-year life, Nina’s Trust has evolved into a strong
resource for nonprofit groups and has focused on building relationships
with organizations that are working to assist those in need, with
an emphasis on encouraging self-sufficiency. The Trust serves individuals,
including the elderly and disabled, women, children and their families,"
Trustee Carol P. Schilling said.

People in Need

grant recipients are: Bethlehem House Residence, The Children’s
TherAplay Foundation, Dress for Success Indianapolis, Fairbanks
Hospital, Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis, La Plaza, Methodist
Health Foundation and Neighborhood Self-Employment Initiative.

"Throughout her
life, Nina supported efforts to protect animals of all kinds, and
was an early conservationist for her beloved lands and habitats
of Indiana," Schilling said.

Animals and Nature
grant recipients are: Butler University,
Central Indiana Land Trust, Environmental Law & Policy Center
of the Midwest, Hoosier Environmental Council Foundation, Humane
Society of Indianapolis, Indiana Wildlife Federation and Marian

"The Trust continues
Nina’s legacy of bringing cultural and educational experiences to
children and adults who otherwise might not have realized such opportunities,"
Schilling explained.

Enriching Community Life grant recipients are: President
Benjamin Harrison Foundation and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary

"During her life,
Nina brought the dream of higher education to many. She created
college scholarship programs for newspaper employees’ children and
newspaper carriers (during the days of carrier boys and girls who
made neighborhood rounds on bicycle, delivering daily subscriptions
of Pulliam newspapers to doorsteps). She also quietly funded college
tuition for children whom she had met and whose families could not
afford the cost of higher education," Trustee Nancy M. Russell
explained. "The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program
continues Nina’s desire to bring the experience of a college education
to those who are overlooked by traditional scholarship programs."

Nina Scholars are 25
years or older with dependents, college-age students and adults
with physical disabilities, or college-age youth raised in the foster
care system and are self-supporting. The seventh cohort of 19 Indiana
students began their studies last fall at Indiana University Purdue
University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College ? Central
Indiana. Applications for cohort 8 are available with a deadline
of April 1.

Since the Nina Scholars
program began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 129
men and women in Indiana. "Nina believed in education’s power
to transform lives, and our Nina Scholars are testimony to this,"
Russell added.

To receive additional
Nina Scholars program information, visit the Trust web site or contact:
Charles Johnson, nina@iupui.edu at IUPUI, 317-278-7878; or Cheri
Bush, ninascholars@lists.ivytech.edu at Ivy Tech Community College,

The Trust, which also
makes grants in Arizona, had approximately $400 million in assets
as of December 31, 2007.

The next
preliminary application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying
to the Trust for funding is May 5, 2008.

Preliminary applications
may be obtained through the Application
page on our web site; by writing to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable
Trust, 135 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN
46204; or by calling 317-231-6075.