The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established in 1997 upon the death of Nina Mason Pulliam, a compassionate business and civic leader. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable 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, Arizona. We are grateful for the Trust’s ongoing investment in greater Indianapolis girls.
Recently, we were awarded a generous $75,000 gift that will help us increase our impact on middle and high school girls. The Trust’s support allows us to continue building strong partnerships with schools, so we can support girls in multiple programs throughout the school year. Where we cannot identify a middle through high school pipeline, we have developed the Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) program, so girls can benefit from our programming through their high school careers.
In 2013, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust also awarded Girls Inc. a five-year, $25,000 grant honoring Harriet Ivey, the founding CEO and president of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. This grant supported the establishment of YWIL, a leadership program for high school girls, and will allow five girls to annually participate in Girls Inc. national gatherings.
With support from the Trust, YWIL staff accompanied four girls to Washington D.C. in April, so they could participate in the Bring Your Daughter to Congress Day. The girls shadowed congresswomen and attended committee meetings, so they could learn about a day in the life of congresswomen. Thanks to the Trust, girls will be able to travel with Girls Inc. for four more years.