The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established upon the death of philanthropist and businesswoman Nina Mason Pulliam on March 26, 1997, to support the causes she loved in her home states of Indiana and Arizona. The Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children, and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life, primarily in Indianapolis and metropolitan Phoenix.

In 2001, the Trust established its flagship program, the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars, to assist individuals who face barriers to pursuing higher education, including former foster youth, parents with dependent children in the home, and individuals with physical disabilities. In Indiana, the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program is offered at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Ivy Tech Community College.

In 2016, the Trust refined its environmental strategy to focus primarily on critical waterways in Indiana and Arizona and increasing awareness of environmental issues. In Indiana, the Trust invests in restoring and protecting the White River and underwrites environmental reporting at the Indianapolis Star. The Trust also funds international and state environmental journalism awards in Nina Pulliam’s name.

The Trust became a lead funder in animal welfare initiatives in Marion County in 2012 to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats. With the Trust’s investments and through collaboration among major animal welfare organizations, by 2018, pet euthanasia rates in the county decreased 75 percent and adoptions increased 83 percent.

As of 2020, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust had over $400 million in assets. Over 1,200 students received funding through the Nina Scholars program.

Revised July 2021

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