26 Indiana nonprofits receive $2,236,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 14, 2005


–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,236,000 to

26 Indiana nonprofit organizations Monday, November 14. The announcement

and presentation were held at the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington

Street, at 3:30 p.m.

"The Trust has continued

to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported much of her life. As

trustees, we are pleased to continue her legacy of helping people

in need, protecting animals and nature, and enriching community

life," said Frank E. Russell, Trustee chairman. "Since

the Trust began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than

$54 million to 328 Indiana nonprofit organizations."

"This 2005 third

round of grants includes every area of the Trust’s interests,"

said Harriet Ivey, Trust president and CEO (grant list is attached).

"Grants range from $10,000 to $500,000 and six of today’s recipients

are first-time awardees. We welcome Bat Conservation International,

Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation, Chrysalis Academy of

Life and Learning, Community Addiction Services of Indiana, Inc.,

Indiana Minority Health Coalition and Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding

Inc. to the Trust family of grantees."

The Trust recognized

20 organizations helping people in need with grant commitments totaling

$1,357,500. "Nina spent a lifetime helping others and her Trust

has evolved into a strong resource for nonprofit groups in her beloved

hometown of Indianapolis. With a strong emphasis on encouraging

self sufficiency, the Trust serves individuals, including the elderly

and disabled, women, children and their families," Trustee

Carol Schilling said.

"Nina was known

for her love of animals and was concerned for their welfare. Throughout

her life, she supported efforts to protect animals of all kinds,

as well as their habitats and the natural beauty of Indiana,"

Schilling said. The Trust awarded $53,500 to two organizations protecting

animals and nature. The grantees are Bat Conservation International,

Inc. and Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

The Trust’s commitment

to enriching community life in Indianapolis includes a $500,000

grant to Central Indiana Community Foundation for the Indianapolis

Cultural Trail Project to link the six designated cultural districts

and become the downtown hub of the city’s greenways trail system.

"Nina was known for supporting programs that brought cultural

and educational opportunities to citizens of all ages who otherwise

might not have realized such experiences," Schilling explained.

"2005 also is a

landmark year for the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program

as we celebrate the graduation of 17 Nina Scholars," Trustee

Nancy Russell said. "Since the Nina Scholars program began

in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 65 men and women

in Indiana pursuing their dream of a college degree. The fifth cohort

will begin studies this fall. Nina believed in education’s power

to transform lives and our Nina Scholars are testament to this."

"Nina came from

a family that emphasized the importance of education. Education

was the foundation for her great successes. From very humble beginnings,

Nina became a recognized leader during her lifetime in the newspaper

industry and in her home states of Indiana and Arizona," Russell


The Nina Mason Pulliam

Legacy Scholars program provides scholarships to Indiana University

Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Central Indiana campus

of Ivy Tech Community College for men and women who are often overlooked

by traditional college scholarships. Additional information may

be obtained from the Trust web site or by calling the Nina Scholar

Program Manager offices at IUPUI,

317-278-7878 or Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, at 317-921-4617.

The Trust, which also

makes grants in Arizona, had approximately $360 million in assets

as of September 30, 2005.

The next preliminary

application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the

Trust for funding is January 6, 2006.

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.