29 Indiana nonprofits receive $2,629,400 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

July 25, 2006


–The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,628,400 to

29 Indiana nonprofit organizations Tuesday, July 25. The presentation

was held at Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc., 8020 Zionsville

Road at 3:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments began at 3 p.m.

"The Trust has continued

to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported during 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 $59 million

to 351 Indiana nonprofit organizations. Nina Pulliam believed we

all have a responsibility to give back to our community. Nina called

Indianapolis and Phoenix home, which is the reason her Trust focuses

its grants to organizations in these cities," Russell added.

"This is the second

presentation of three grant rounds this year and includes every

area of the Trust’s interests," said Harriet M. Ivey, Trust

president and CEO. "Grants range from $10,000 to $450,000,

and eight of today’s recipients are first-time awardees.

"We welcome Indiana

University Center for Earth and Environmental Science, Crown Hill

Heritage Foundation, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indiana Perinatal

Network, Indiana Turtle Care, Learning Well, St. Vincent New Hope

and Trusted Partners – An Urban Mission of Immanuel United Church

of Christ to the Trust family of grantees," Ivey added.

The Trust recognized

18 organizations helping people in need with grant

commitments totaling $1,712,400. "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 P. 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 $196,000 to four organizations

protecting animals and nature.

The Trust’s commitment

to enriching community life in Indianapolis includes

$720,000 in grants to seven organizations. "During her life,

Nina supported programs that brought cultural and educational opportunities

to children and adults who otherwise might not have realized such

experiences," Schilling explained.

"The Nina Mason

Pulliam Legacy Scholars program continues to bring the dream of

a college education to those who are overlooked by traditional scholarship

programs," said Trustee Nancy M. Russell. "Since the Nina

Scholars program began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more

than 85 men and women in Indiana, and the sixth cohort of 19 students

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

power to transform lives, and our Nina Scholars are testament to


"The Nina Scholars

program assists three groups of nontraditional students whom mainstream

scholarship programs overlook. Nina Scholars are 25 years or older

with dependents, college-age students and adults with physical disabilities,

or college-age youth who have been reared in the child-welfare system

and are self-supporting.

"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 Scholars program

provides scholarships to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

and Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana. You may obtain additional

information from the Scholars web site

or by calling the Nina Scholar Program Manager offices at IUPUI,

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

The next preliminary

application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the

Trust for funding is September 5, 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.