Second Issue 2012
President's Message

Dear Arizona Readers,

Welcome to this spring issue of Connections 2012.

First announced in December 2011, the Trust experienced its first trustee transition at the beginning of this year with the retirement of Frank and Nancy Russell. Succeeding them are Kent E. Agness of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lisa Shover Kackley of Scottsdale and Parks, Arizona.

As we all know, continuity is critical to achieving a smooth leadership transition. Fortunately, the Trust has experienced this with the ongoing leadership of founding Trustee Carol Peden Schilling, an Indiana native and niece of Mrs. Pulliam. As you will read in their attached bios, each Trustee has unique knowledge and insight into the interests and values of Nina Mason Pulliam. They also have had a variety of voluntary and professional experiences that are beneficial to maintain stable operations and to guide grantmaking.

I can attest that they are dedicated and committed to the Trust's mission and enthusiastically have embraced their responsibilities. Since January Carol, Kent and Lisa have devoted many long and intense days to meeting with the staff to learn about administrative, financial and investment and grantmaking functions, as well as gone out into the Phoenix community to visit several grantees that are representative of all three program areas.

The Trustees' orientation period recently culminated with a reception at the Phoenix Zoo's Stone House for approximately 225 representatives of the Phoenix nonprofit community. Immediately preceding the community reception, the Trustees met with representatives of the 22 organizations that are recipients of 2012 first round grant awards. These total $1.9 million, range from $25,000 to $400,000, and represent two of the three program areas. The Trust will award a second round of competitive grants in the fall.

The next issue of Connections will announce the online availability of the 2011 annual report and redesigned website. Watch for it in a few weeks!

As always, we appreciate your comments and questions at any time.

2012 First Round Arizona Grantees

The Trust's first round of 2012 grant awards in Arizona totals $1,890,800 and includes grants in the priority areas of Helping People in Need and Protecting Animals and Nature. The Trust did not award grants this round in the Enriching Community Life program area in Arizona. For more detailed information on the grants, please go to project descriptions.

The break down by program category is:
- Helping People in Need - 16 organizations - $1,532,600
- Protecting Animals and Nature - 6 organizations - $358,200

A Stepping Stone Foundation $55,000
Arizona Wilderness Coalition $50,000
*Boys Hope Girls Hope $50,000
*Corporation for Supportive Housing $150,000
*Creciendo Unidos Growing Together $72,000
Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk, Inc. $100,000
*HALO Animal Rescue $47,500
*Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers $25,000
International Rescue Committee $50,000
Land Trust Alliance $80,700
Native American Connections $80,000
New Life Center $100,000
Phoenix Herpetological Society, Inc. $50,000
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona $100,000
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center $50,000
Teen Lifeline $116,000
Tempe Community Action Agency, Inc. $50,000
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development $84,000
Unlimited Potential $35,000
*Valley Forward Association $80,000
Valley of the Sun United Way $400,000
VisionQuest 20/20 $65,000
Total Arizona Grants - 22 Organizations $1,890,800
*Denotes first-time grant recipient  
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