2008 First Round Grantees

The Trust’s first round of 2008 grant awards totals $4,304,000 and represents every area of the Trust’s mission. >more

The break down by program category is:
  - Helping People in Need - 21 organizations - $2,129,000
  - Protecting Animals and Nature - 12 organizations - $1,813,000
  - Enriching Community Life - 4 organizations - $362,000

Arizona   Indiana
*Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest $40,000 Bethlehem House Residence $50,000
Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. $100,000 The Children's TherAplay Foundation, Inc. $70,000
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation $30,000 Dress for Success Indianapolis $100,000
Eve's Place, Inc. $40,000 Fairbanks Hospital, Inc. $200,000
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. $42,000 Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis, Inc. $100,000
Phoenix Rescue Mission $250,000 *La Plaza, Inc. $100,000
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center $70,000 *Methodist Health Foundation $100,000
*Southwest Conservation Corps $40,000 Neighborhood Self-Employment Initiative, Inc. $60,000
Southwest Valley Literacy, Inc. $10,000 *Butler University $100,000
Sun Sounds Foundation $102,000 Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. $80,000
*Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services $125,000 *Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest $200,000
UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. $450,000 Hoosier Environmental Council Foundation, Inc. $60,000
The Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation $50,000 Humane Society of Indianapolis, Inc. $50,000
Animal Defense League of Arizona $35,000 Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc. $50,000
*Healing Hearts Animal Sanctuary, Inc. $40,000 Marian College $550,000
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona $500,000 President Benjamin Harrison Foundation, Inc. $30,000
Peregrine Fund, Inc. $50,000 *Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Inc. $25,000
Sonoran Institute $98,000    
Free Arts of Arizona $236,000    
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children $71,000    

Total Arizona
$2,379,000 Total Indiana $1,925,000

*Denotes first-time grant recipient

Preliminary Applications are Due May 5, 2008

Copyright 2008, The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Welcome to Connections!

Dear Readers,

2008 marks the 10th anniversary of grantmaking for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Over the past decade the Trust has been building a legacy of community through the $144 million in grants it has awarded to more than 700 different not-for-profit organizations in Arizona and Indiana, primarily in metropolitan Phoenix and Indianapolis.

The Trust recently distributed its first grant awards for 2008 to 37 organizations at receptions held in Phoenix and Indianapolis. Nine organizations are new to the Trust family.

For the first time, the Trust's funding to organizations working to improve the environment and educate people, especially youth, received the majority of the $4,304,000 the Trust awarded in this first of three funding rounds. Environmental grant highlights include:

• $500,000 to the Arizona chapter of The Nature Conservancy for the Arizona Great Rivers Program to advance protection of local tributaries of the Colorado River and the lower San Pedro River in southern Arizona.

• $550,000 to Marian College of Indianapolis for continued development of the wetlands EcoLab, which receives more than 1,000 visitors, primarily youth, annually, and serves as a teacher-training site. This is third grant the Trust has provided to Marian College for the Ecolab since its inception in 2000.

Overall, the grant awards range from $10,000 to $550,000 and provide operating support for less established organizations, fund projects, and respond to building and equipment needs. The Trust will distribute $16 million in grants in 2008.

Future issues of Connections will reflect on the Trust's first decade as well as what could shape the next 10 years of the Trust's life in building a legacy a community in Indianapolis and Phoenix.

As always, we welcome your comments and ideas for Connections.