Press Release

$1,950,850 awarded to 25 Indiana organizations

November 11, 2010

(Indianapolis) — The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust announced $1,950,850 in grants to 25 Indiana nonprofit organizations (detailed descriptions)Thursday, November 11. Grant recipients gathered at the Center for Leadership Development, 2425 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, at 3 p.m. for an hour-long reception with the Trust’s Trustees, staff and representatives from grantee organizations.

“With $1,420,850 in grant awards to organizations assisting families in crisis, supporting housing and employment programs, enhancing healthcare services, and providing educational opportunities for youth, the Trust continues to fulfill a significant community role during these challenging economic times,” said Michael R.Twyman, Ph.D., Indiana grants programs director for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

“In addition, the Trust is supporting guidance and mentoring programs that encourage students to complete secondary education, and outreach services to decrease high school drop-out rates,” Twyman stated.

“In response to these difficult times, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has remained strong in its support of organizations on the front line, providing basic human services to families and individuals in the greatest need,” added Harriet M. Ivey, Trust president and CEO.

“The grants we are distributing today represent the Trust’s goal of responding to alleviate immediate human needs, collaborating to leverage organizational impact and investing over the longer horizon to change lives, preserve environments and enrich community life in Indianapolis,” Ivey added.

In this third and final round of grants for 2010, the Trust supported eight organizations serving Indianapolis youth and education. Grants totaling $555,000 will support mentoring programs, guidance and educational planning; special exhibit and outreach services for kindergarten through 12th-grade students; dropout prevention programs and internship opportunities; expanded arts programming; and childcare and counseling support services. Grant recipients are 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc., College Summit, Indiana State Museum Foundation, Inc., Indiana Youth Group, Inc., Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Reach for Youth, Inc., St. Mary’s Child Center, and Shepherd Community, Inc.

An additional $322,500 in grants went to domestic support services, adult and juvenile offender programs, health and dental services and adult long-term care programming. Grantees include Asian Help Services, Connect2Help, John P. Craine House, Inc., Indiana Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped, Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force, Inc., Joy’s House, and United Senior Action Foundation.

The Trust continues its outreach to enhance job placement and long-term housing for working families and individuals with special circumstances, as well as leveraging neighborhood and community organization impact throughout Indianapolis. The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc., Damien Center, Inc., Jobs Partnership of Greater Indianapolis, Inc., Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Southwest Community Services, Training, Inc., and United Way of Central Indiana received $543,350 in grants.

The Trust’s continued commitment to its environmental initiative included a $200,000 grant to Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. for its plan to preserve 250,000 acres in nine counties; a $150,000 grant to The Conservation Law Center, Inc. for its freshwater conservation efforts; and a $180,000 grant to the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Inc. for the Wabash River Initiative.

“For a second year the Trust continued its moratorium on capital campaign funding, allowing us to maintain significant levels of Trust support to organizations on the front line providing assistance to those in our community in the greatest need,” Trust Chairman Frank E. Russell stated.

“These are extraordinary times. And, our grantees are doing an exceptional job of serving their communities and furthering Nina Pulliam’s legacy in her hometown through their daily work and ongoing commitments to their life-changing missions,” Russell added.

For 2010, the Trust has awarded 101 grants totaling $5.5 million to benefit Indiana citizens. Since the Trust began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $90 million to 418 Indiana nonprofit organizations.

The Trust also makes grants in Phoenix and as of September 30, 2010, had assets of approximately $338.5 million. Visit for more information about the Trust and its programs.