Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust: Arizona Grants

OVERVIEW: The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awards grants in Arizona and Indiana to support women, children, animals, nature, and community enrichment.

FUNDING AREAS: Women, children and families, animals and nature, community enrichment

IP TAKE: The bulk of Pulliam Charitable Trust funding goes to helping people in need, which involves helping vulnerable children and adults get through crises, become self-sufficient, and train for employment. 

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has a strict geographical focus on Phoenix, Arizona and Indianapolis, Indiana. The trust was established upon Ms. Pulliam’s death to continue supporting the causes that to which she dedicated herself in her two home states. Pulliam was a humanitarian, journalist, and business leader who was born in rural Indiana in 1906. During her journalism career, she wrote for Farm Life, newspapers and books about post-WWII conditions in Europe, and she was a founder/director of Central Newspapers. Pulliam was also publisher of the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette, and she was known for her love of animals and nature conservatory efforts. Today, the foundation “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.”

There are two initiatives at the trust: animal welfare and foster youth. The animal welfare initiative involves spaying and neutering dogs and cats, rescue pet adoptions, and public education about pet ownership. The foster youth initiative is focused on Arizona. The Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative is a Children’s Action Alliance project that’s funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. In addition to these initiatives, the trust has three grant programs: helping people in need, protecting animals and nature, and enriching community life. The first program supports organizations that help vulnerable children and adults get through crises and become self-sufficient, as well as training for employment. The second program focuses on domestic animals, the conservation of natural habitats, and environmental education. Through the “enriching community life” program, the trust supports arts, cultural, and civic organizations.

The average grant from this funder is around $64,000 and there are two funding cycles per year. Review lists of past grantees on the funder’s website. Although almost all grants are focused on the Phoenix and Indianapolis metropolitan areas, the trust accepts environmental proposals from organizations throughout Arizona and Indiana as long as they have a statewide impact. The trust established a scholarship program in 2001 involving Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech State College-Indianapolis Campus, Arizona State University, and Maricopa Community Colleges. The trust provides funding for capital projects and general operating support. 

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry from nonprofits. From there, the foundation invites select grantseekers to submit full applications. A nonprofit staff member must consult with the foundation at least two months in advance of the proposal submittal deadline. Direct general inquiries to the staff by phone at 602-955-3000.


  • Search for staff contact info and bios in PeopleFinder (paid subscribers only.)