Press Release

27 Indiana nonprofits receive $2,052,750 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grants

November 12, 2007

(Indianapolis) –The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,052,750 to 27 Indiana nonprofit organizations Monday, November 12, 2007. The presentation was held at Ruth Lilly Health Education Center, 2055 N. Senate Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Recipients began arriving at 3 p.m. for refreshments and an informal “mixer” with the Trust’s Trustees, staff and representatives from other grantee organizations.

“The Trust has continued to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported during her life. Since the Trust began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $70 million to 380 Indiana nonprofit organizations. 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.

“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 final presentation of three grant rounds this year, and the organizations receiving funding today represent every area of the Trust’s mission. Today’s grants range from $20,000 to $250,000”, said Harriet M. Ivey, Trust president and CEO.

“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 an emphasis on encouraging self-sufficiency, the Trust serves individuals, including the elderly and disabled, women, children and their families,” Trustee Carol P. Schilling said.

Helping People in Need grant recipients are: Auntie Mame’s Child Development Center $100,000; Bosma Enterprises $125,000; Center for Leadership Development, Inc. $250,000; Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc. $200,000; Dads, Inc. of Indiana $50,000; Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Inc. $50,000; Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Center $130,000; Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Inc. $25,000; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indianapolis $60,000; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Greater Indianapolis Branch $37,750; PACE/OAR $60,000; Partners in Housing Development Corporation $100,000; Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. $150,000; Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center $50,000; St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, Inc. $30,000; St. Mary’s Child Center $43,000.

“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 Arizona,”Schilling said.

Protecting Animals and Nature grant recipients are: FACE – Foundation Against Companion Animal Euthanasia, Inc. $50,000; Improving Kids’ Environment $20,000; Jameson Camp, Inc. $25,000; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful $40,000.

“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.

Enriching Community Life grant recipients are: Community Development Law Center $75,000; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art $150,000; Heartland Truly Moving Pictures $60,000; Indiana State Museum Foundation, Inc. $25,000; Indianapolis Recorder Charities, Inc. $72,000; International Center of Indianapolis, Inc. $25,000; NPower Indiana, Inc. $50,000.

Trustee Nancy M. Russell discussed the impact of the Trust’s college scholarship program. She said, “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. Since the Nina Scholars program began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 129 men and women in Indiana.

In 2006, the Trust extended the Nina Scholars program through 2010, committing $7.8 million over the next four years to scholarships for 168 nontraditional college students in Arizona and Indiana. The program extension also includes an annual $2,750 living allowance for Scholars, books, fees and the program’s administrative costs. The Nina Scholars program now accounts for 10 percent of the Trust’s annual grantmaking.

Nina Scholars are 25 years or older with dependents, college-age students and adults with physical disabilities, or college-age youth who were raised in the foster care system and are self-supporting. The seventh cohort of 19 Indiana students began their studies this fall at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana.

“Nina believed in education’s power to transform lives, and our Nina Scholars are testimony to this,” Russell added.

The Trust, which also makes grants in Arizona, had approximately $410.8 million in assets as of September 30, 2007.

The next preliminary application deadline for nonprofit organizations applying to the Trust for funding is January 8, 2008.

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.