$2.2 million goes to 37 Indiana nonprofits, greatest needs to be served
March 12, 2009
Trust Makes Funding Changes in Response to Economic Hardships
The communityâ€™s economic hardships have changed a 10-year policy at the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust with the Trustâ€™s announcement it will not accept requests for grants to capital campaigns for buildings or endowment purposes. The moratorium redirects these funds to human-service organizations providing food, shelter and clothing to citizens experiencing the greatest difficulties.
â€œWith these exceptional times, the Trustees felt certain that Nina Pulliam would have wanted to assure as much funding as possible is directed to services directly touching the lives of families needing assistance in her hometown of Indianapolis,â€ said Frank E. Russell, Trust Chairman. â€œLast October we made the decision to redirect our 2009 capital funding to the Trustâ€™s newly created Emergency Funding Initiative.â€
â€œThe Trust developed an RFP specific to organizations on the front line making a difference for our cityâ€™s at-risk individuals and families,â€ explained Michael R. Twyman, Ph.D., director of the Trustâ€™s Indiana grants programs. â€œThese organizations provide emergency and case management services for low- and moderate-income persons. They are the first responders in a weakened economy and also are more likely to experience shortages in meeting their own budgets.â€
â€œAll the community centers are reporting a significant increase in the number of people seeking assistance and support. Recent job losses and/or homelessness, both due to being laid off as well as home mortgage foreclosures, are the primary reasons for these occurrences,â€ Twyman added.
Last December, the Trust made its first emergency initiative grants when it joined Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation Inc. and United Way of Central Indiana in creating a $3.2 million fund to respond to a rising demand for help to local people hardest hit by the economic meltdown. The fund targets frontline community centers, faith-based organizations and homeless prevention providers who are â€œfirst respondersâ€ in helping people deal with the worsening economy.
â€œOur staff asked the Trustees to approve these unique initiatives that go beyond the Trustâ€™s established grantmaking processes and deepen the Trustâ€™s commitment to be a responsive grantmaking partner,â€ Russell explained.
â€œThese are challenging times. And, our grantees are doing an exceptional job of bringing relief to those in the greatest need, furthering Nina Pulliamâ€™s legacy in her hometown through their daily work and ongoing commitments to their life-changing missions.â€
Russell added that Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars, the Trustâ€™s signature scholarship program at Ivy Tech and IUPUI, continues to bring the dream of a college education to student populations traditional scholarship programs overlook. Since the programâ€™s inception, it has touched the lives of 142 men and women in Indianapolis with 44 graduates. The application deadline for cohort 9 is April 1.
Since 1988, the Trust has awarded more than $77 million to 400 nonprofit organizations in Indiana in the areas of Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature and Enriching Community Life. Visit ninapulliamtrust.orgfor more information about the Trust and its programs, including the Nina Scholars program.