2021 Trust Capital Granting

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Rendering: Arizona Humane Society

Arizona Humane Society

Rob and Melani Walton Papago Park Campus

Nina Mason Pulliam loved all animals and devoted much of her life and resources to protecting them. In honor of Mrs. Pulliam, the Trust is a decades-long supporter of the Arizona Humane Society. In 2021, the Trust provided a $3 million grant for the Rob and Melani Walton Papago Park campus, scheduled to open in early 2023. The campus expands AHS’ lifesaving services for homeless animals with state-of-the-art medical facilities, a teaching hospital and increased spay/neuter surgeries and field rescues. The Nina Mason Pulliam P.E.T. Center will offer adoptions, pet recovery and healing, education and trainings. This is the Trust’s largest single gift to date in Arizona.

Rendering: Eiteljorg Museum/Origin Studios

Eiteljorg Museum

Native American Galleries

The Eiteljorg Museum is nearing its $6 million capital construction goal to renovate its Native American Galleries. The Trust granted $500,000 to give greater voice to Midwest Native American artists and their nations’ stories and traditions. The reimagined galleries are scheduled to open in June.

Photo: Indianapolis Zoo/ Mike Crowther

Indianapolis Zoo

Global Center for Species Survival

As part of her dedication to animals, Mrs. Pulliam aided in species preservation. She was instrumental in preserving the Arabian oryx during her life, and her Trust has aided in preserving Sumatran tigers, orangutans and the African lion. In 2021, the Trust awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Indianapolis Zoo Global Center for Species Survival, which consists of a team of conservation scientists headquartered at the zoo supporting more than 10,000 scientists around the world working to save the earth’s plant and animal species.

Photo: VIPS

Visually Impaired Pre-school Services Indiana

Family Resource Center

After temporarily experiencing blindness, Mrs. Pulliam became more sympathetic to the plight of the visually impaired. The Trust continues her legacy of providing financial support to vision-related nonprofits. The Trust provided a $250,000 grant for the VIPS Family Resource Center in Indianapolis, the state’s first center expressly designed to serve children ages 0-3 who are blind or visually impaired. The center is a resource hub for parents, with trainings, programs and a lending library with technology and materials families often cannot afford. The center offers teletherapy, optometry and ophthalmology services and adaptive play areas for infants and toddlers.

Photo: Wheeler Mission

Wheeler Mission

Center for Women and Children

Until recently, necessity forced Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis to line up cots and blankets on its gymnasium floor for overflow emergency shelter. The organization received 700 calls a month for beds for women that it could not fulfill. With community gifts, including a $1 million grant from the Trust, Wheeler expanded its Center for Women & Children, tripling available beds. The center now includes 160 additional beds, a child care center, improved bathroom and laundry facilities, an expanded education center, indoor play space, a medical clinic and increased counseling, job training, addiction and other programs.