Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust: Grants for Indiana

OVERVIEW: The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust supports the environment, animal welfare, human services, community needs, and youth in Indiana.

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, animal welfare, people in need, community life, youth

IP TAKE: Across all focus areas, a majority of grants have been going to assist people in need lately, so focus new proposals

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is a private foundation with offices in Indianapolis, Indiana and Phoenix, Arizona. Pulliam (1906-1997) was a journalist, businesswoman, humanitarian, and animal lover. She was born and grew up in rural Indiana, and she went to college and worked for a national magazine published in the state too. 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 and Phoenix.”

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust funds environmental programs locally that promote habitat conservation and restoration, as well as environmental awareness efforts. It supports humane and wellness services for domestic animals and regularly funds dog and cat adoption and spay/neuter programs. To help people in need, the trust focuses on self-sufficiency, crisis intervention, foster care, education, and literacy programs. To enrich community life, it mostly supports libraries, museums, zoos, and programs that contribute to civic vibrancy and cultural vitality. Overall, the funder provides operating, program, and capital support. Additionally, the trust administers a summer youth program fund for young people in Indianapolis.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $250,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the grantees page of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on Marion County, Indiana and Maricopa County, Arizona. However, the funder considers requests from elsewhere in Indiana and Arizona for environmental programs. Past local grantees include the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, EmployIndy, and Every Dog Counts Rescue.

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of intent from nonprofits via email. The staff invites selected inquirers to submit a full application. Applications are typically due in January and May, and then funding decisions are in June and November. Direct general questions to the staff at or 317-231-6075.


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