First Round of Grants for 2007 Announced

The Trustees and staff of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust recently hosted congratulatory receptions at the Indianapolis Urban League and the Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix to award $4,482,500 in grants to 49 Arizona and Indiana nonprofit organizations. Fifteen organizations are first-time recipients of a Trust grant. The grants included support for capital (building, equipment, endowment), programs and operating purposes. >more

The break down by program category is:
  - Helping People in Need - 35 organizations - $2,830,500
  - Protecting Animals and Nature - 9 organizations - $1,374,000
  - Enriching Community Life - 5 organizations - $278,000

Please join us in congratulating the following organizations that are working to create better communities for all of us. This is Nina Mason Pulliam's legacy for her home states of Arizona and Indiana.

Arizona   Indiana
About Care $40,000   100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. $90,000
American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter $45,000   Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund, Inc. $100,000
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum $200,000   Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. $50,000
Asian Pacific Community in Action $30,000   John P. Craine House, Inc. $50,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona $36,000   Damar Services, Inc. $250,000
Center for Biological Diversity $80,000   *Emergent Leadership Institute, Inc. $50,000
Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc. $50,000   *Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. $60,000
Child Abuse Prevention Fund $150,000   Fresh Start of Indianapolis, Inc. $47,500
Desert Botanical Garden $500,000   Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. $85,000
Desert Mission, Inc. $23,000   Hoosier Environmental Council Foundation, Inc. $60,000
*Eve's Place, Inc. $50,000   Indiana Canine Assistant and Adolescent Network, Inc. $65,000
Friendly House, Inc. $150,000   Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank, Inc. $100,000
*Helping Hands Housing Services $28,000   Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc. $75,000
Horses Help Foundation $65,000   *IU School of Informatics at IUPUI $115,000
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. $42,000   *Local Initiatives Support Corporation $75,000
Native Seeds/SEARCH $150,000   *Metropolitan School District of Warren Township $90,000
*New Dawn Livestock Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. $9,000   Oasis Christian Community Development Corporation $135,000
New Life Center $150,000   Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis $60,000
Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc. $25,000   *St. Vincent Hospital Foundation $100,000
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children $43,000   Save the Youth, Inc. $50,000
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center $50,000   *Step-Up, Inc. $55,000
Stepping Stones of Hope $30,000   United Negro College Fund, Inc. $65,000
*Sun Valley Animal Shelter $200,000   United Way of Central Indiana $50,000
*TCH-The Centers for Habilitation $250,000  
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development $109,000  
Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation $100,000  

Total Arizona
$2,605,000   Total Indiana $1,877,500

*Denotes first-time grant recipient

Third Round Preliminary Applications are Due May 4

Copyright 2007, The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Welcome to Connections!

Welcome to the Trust's newly updated Connections. We introduced this revised format last month and are so pleased with your response to our brief, more timely outreach to you. Thank you for letting us know that the redesign is providing you a more appealing and reader-friendly format.

We are delighted to share the most recent round of grant awardees. These 49 nonprofit organizations began their relationships with the Trust last September with preliminary application submittals. They represented 41 percent of the total applicant pool. The Trust's grants programs staff reviewed the final applications, held meetings with each prospective grantee and presented funding recommendations to the Trustees, who then made final decisions at the February board meeting. These grant awards represent every area of the Trust's mission and range from $9,000 to $500,000.

Since the Trust began its grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $127 million to 674 different nonprofit organizations. For further information about how to apply for a Trust grant, please visit our web site at

While you are on the web site, I encourage you to spend a few moments at the Nina Scholars section. The Trust's signature program brings the dream of a college education to individuals whom standard scholarship programs overlook.

The Nina Scholars program is the first college scholarship program in the United States specifically designed to assist nontraditional students. Nina Scholars are 25 years or older with dependents, traditional college-age students and adults with physical disabilities, or college-age youth raised in the foster-care system and who are self-supporting.

Many of our grantee organizations refer candidates to the Nina Scholars program. There is still time to let qualified individuals know about this opportunity. Applications for the seventh cohort of Nina Scholars are available with a submission deadline of April 1.

Please join me in congratulating the 49 nonprofit organizations whose grants we are happy to share with you today. The service of their missions and their tireless work brings alive Mrs. Pulliam's dream of a stronger and more connected community that Helps People in Need, Protects Animals and Nature and Enriches Community Life.

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

Nina Scholar Applications are Due April 1