The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Trustees Frank E. Russell, Nancy M. Russell, Power Paws’ Director Cynthia Abels w/Diva and Trustee Carol P. Schilling

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded $2,605,000 to 26 Arizona nonprofit organizations Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

Power Paws Assistance Dogs received $25,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The funds will be used to provide support to place 10 assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities, and provide education and ongoing support for working assistance dog teams. Cynthia Abels, Executive Director of Power Paws said, “We are grateful for the support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Their investment in our organization allows us to continue our mission and help many people with disabilities within our community.”

“Since the Trust began it’s grantmaking in 1998, it has awarded more than $64 million to 309 Arizona nonprofit organizations. The Trust has continued to further the causes Nina Pulliam supported during her life. As Trustees, we are pleased to continue her legacy of helping people in need, protecting animals and nature and enriching community life,” said Frank E. Russell, Trustee chairman.

“This is the first presentation of three grant rounds this year and includes every area of the Trusts’ interests,” said Harriet M. Ivey, Trust president and CEO. “Today’s grants range from $9,000 to $500,000 and seven of today’s organization are first-time recipients, Ivey added.

The Trust recognized 19 organizations helping people in need with grant commitments totaling $1,423,000. “Nina spent a lifetime helping others, and her Trust has evolved into a strong resource for nonprofit groups in her beloved hometown of Phoenix. With a strong emphasis on encouraging self-sufficiency, the Trust serves individuals, including the elderly and disabled, women, children and their families,” Trustee Carol P. Schilling said.

The Trust awarded $1,139,000 to six organizations protecting animals and nature. “Nina was known for her love of animals and was concerned with their welfare. Throughout her life, she supported efforts to protect animals of all kinds, as well as their habitats and the natural beauty of Arizona,” Schilling said.

The Trust’s commitment to enriching community life in Phoenix includes $43,000 in grants to one organization. “During her life, Nina supported programs that brought cultural and educational opportunities to children and adults who otherwise might not have realized such experiences,” Schilling explained.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program continues to bring the dream of a college education to those who are overlooked by traditional scholarship programs,” said Trustee Nancy M. Russell. “Since the Nina Scholars program began in 2001, it has touched the lives of more than 138 men and women in Arizona. The seventh cohort of 23 students will begin their studies this fall, ” Russell added.

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