22 Indiana nonprofits receive $1,807,500 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

March 22, 2004


Agencies Received $43.8 Million to Date.

(Indianapolis) – The

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust presented $1,807,500 in grants

to 22 Indiana agencies Monday, March 22. More than 70 guests representing

the nonprofit organizations attended the check presentation at the

Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, 1100 W. 42nd Street.

"Our funding helps people in need, protects animals and nature,

and enriches community life in Indiana and Arizona, the states Mrs.

Pulliam called home," explained Michael R. Twyman, director

of grants programs of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. "Seven

of today’s grantees are first-time recipients of the Trust’s giving.

Grants range from $17,500 to $250,000," Twyman added.

This is the first of the Trust’s three funding rounds for 2004.

Since the Trust began making grants in 1998, it has committed $43,801,393

to 280 nonprofit organizations in Indiana.

"As the

Trust begins its seventh year of funding, we are most pleased with

the long-term impact of our grant dollars and the relationships

and programs established with our family of grantees," said

Trustee Carol Peden Schatt. "Nina would have been so proud

of the work her dollars are supporting today," she added.

"The Trust will be a part of this community for many years

to come – during the next 43 years of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable

Trust’s 50-year life and, more importantly, through the legacy of

your work," Trustee Chairman Frank E. Russell stated to the

Indiana organization representatives attending.

Trustee Nancy Russell updated the audience about the Nina Mason

Pulliam Legacy Scholars

program, which opens doors of higher education for men and women

who are often overlooked for traditional college scholarships. "We

are very pleased that many of our Nina Scholars are referred from

nonprofit organizations the Trust supports," Russell said.

Beginning in 2001, each year the Trust has sponsored five new students

at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and

12 new students at Ivy Tech State College, Central Indiana Campus.

The fourth cohort of 17 Nina Scholars will begin classes in the

fall 2004 semester. Currently 42 Nina Scholars are enrolled at both

schools. The Nina Scholars application process begins in January

of each year.

The Trust, which also makes grants in Arizona, had approximately

$345 million in assets as of January 31, 2004.

The next deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply for funding

is May 14, 2004.

Applications may be obtained

by writing to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, 135 N. Pennsylvania

Street, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204; or by calling 317-231-6075;

or through the Application

page on our web site.