The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded the funds to nine organizations involved in a multi-year initiative to protect, restore and better use the White River.
The clinic also announced a $3.6 million fundraising initiative to support the project, which should double its space for spay-and-neuter surgeries.
Wheeler Mission Ministries Inc. said Wednesday that it has received a donation from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust that will allow it to start construction on a new facility next to its shelter at 520 E. Market St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The low-profile but high-impact Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is at a key juncture after 15 years and more than $200 million in grants. Founding CEO Harriet Ivey plans to retire at the end of January, and one of her top lieutenants, Michael Twyman, just departed.
Animal welfare groups in Indianapolis will receive more than $2 million from three foundations to provide spay-and-neuter services and help stray and abandoned animals.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Trust spread the grants across two dozen not-for-profits in human services, animal and nature protection, and community enrichment.
Starting with a $1 million grant to Marian University’s EcoLab, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust plans to start giving a greater share of its money to environmental groups.
After the financial crisis of 2008, foundations in Indiana and across the country set up special relief funds for their communities. Ongoing support for the one formed in Indianapolis is just one sign of how the poor economy is still influencing grant-makers’ decisions.
Some major foundations in central Indiana are narrowing grantmaking criteria so they can funnel their reduced asset streams
toward pressing needs brought on by the recession.