Welcome to this special edition of Connections that introduces the Trust's 2010 annual report.
We again are publishing our annual report online. After the auditors complete their examination of the 2010 financial statements in May, we will post them on the Trust's website later this summer. We will announce their availability through Connections also.
Here are some brief annual report highlights. The year 2010 challenged everyone and every sector, institution and organization, of our society to do more with less. The Trust's primary strategy in the area of Helping People in Need was to make immediate differences in the lives of families and individuals with minimal financial safety nets. Once again, the Trust collaborated with other grantmakers in Indianapolis and Phoenix to distribute its resources to those nonprofit organizations on the front line of providing basic needs including food, housing and healthcare. Education, including the Nina Scholars program, and services for youth also remained a priority.
In the area of the Protecting Animals and Nature, the Trust expanded its environmental grants portfolio with projects working to solve deeply complex problems threatening desert and forest habitats and the supply and quality of water. With Trust support, animal welfare organizations intensified their efforts to provide medical attention and spay/neuter services for vulnerable domestic animals.
Now with one round of grants distributed in 2011, we remain involved in the above types of funding activities, but also are beginning to focus on programs with longer horizons for individuals and families to regain and/or establish self-sufficiency. We also look forward to re-engaging with organizations that broaden opportunities for experiencing cultural and civic amenities in Indianapolis and Phoenix.
Because we have common community interests, it is our hope you will forward this email to your colleagues, trustees and others whom you think would be interested in knowing more about the Trust and especially its grants profile.
Thanks for reading and sharing this 2010 annual report. As always, we welcome your questions and comments.