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Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust


Last Updated: 2016-09-08

At A Glance

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

135 N. Pennsylvania St., Ste. 1200

Indianapolis, IN United States 46204-2484

Telephone: (317) 231-6075


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $384,012,174

Total giving: $14,257,935





Additional Contact Information

Application address for Arizona organizations: 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 600B, Phoenix, AZ 85016, tel.: (602) 955-3000, fax: (602) 955-8029


Established in 1997 - The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established upon the death of Nina Pulliam on March 26, 1997, to support for 50 years the causes she loved in her states of Arizona and Indiana.

Purpose and Activities

The trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis, IN, and Phoenix, AZ.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Enriching Community Life

The trust supports: 1) arts and cultural organizations whose program offerings primarily reach children and adults who might otherwise have limited access to participate; and 2) organizations and programs that add to the overall civic and cultural vitality of the community and strengthen the nonprofit sector’s effectiveness.

Helping People in Need

The trust supports organizations and programs that: 1) assist vulnerable children, adults and families move from crises or instability to greater functioning and/or self-sufficiency ; and 2) provide education or training with accompanying social supports for individuals to obtain gainful employment.

Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars

The trust focuses ten percent of its grantmaking budget on the Legacy Scholars. This program is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for individuals who would normally not receive traditional academic scholarships, and whose personal commitments and financial circumstances would preclude their attendance without substantial, long-term scholarship support. The trust is interested in providing scholarships to Arizona and Indiana residents who face barriers to obtaining higher education. The partnering schools, (Arizona State University; Maricopa Community Colleges; Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis; and Ivy Tech State College, Indianapolis Campus) provide special outreach and support to each of the Nina Scholars, strengthening the opportunities for success.

Protecting Animals and Nature

The trust supports organizations and programs that: 1) provide humane and wellness services for domestic animals, including shelter, rescue, and adoption; 2) promote conservation of natural habitats and ecosystems that advance preservation, protection and restoration of land, water, wildlife and plants; and 3) provide environmental education and awareness to connect people to the natural world, promote personal stewardship, or offer knowledge and tools for addressing current and future problems .

Fields of Interest

  • Animal adoptions
  • Animal population control
  • Animal rescue and rehabilitation
  • Child welfare
  • Community improvement
  • Cultural awareness
  • Education
  • Environmental studies
  • Eye diseases
  • Family services
  • Food banks
  • Foster care
  • Health
  • Health care clinics
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Job training
  • Recycling
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Foster and adoptive children
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with vision impairments
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $384,012,174 (market value)

Expenditures: $20,290,021

Total giving: $14,257,935

Qualifying distributions: $17,475,016

Giving activities include:

$14,257,935 for 214 grants (high: $500,000; low: $500)