For Immediate Release: December 11, 2015


Indianapolis, Ind. – LISC Indianapolis has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The grant will be used to expand the Centers for Working Families’ Bridges to Success program to provide bridge employment skills training.

Built on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Centers for Working Families (CWF) provides people with the tools they need to increase their income, reduce expenses, and build wealth for their families. The CWF network in Indianapolis is composed of eight neighborhood-based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future. The Bridges for Success program focuses on adult education and workforce training, connecting individuals to career opportunities in growing industries.

“People living in the urban neighborhoods of Indianapolis need resources to help them attain jobs, manage their finances, and gain access to credit, information, and services that can help them advance in life,” said Tedd Grain, Deputy Director for LISC Indianapolis. “The Nina Mason Pulliam Trust grant will help local working families develop, grow, and protect their assets.”

During her career, Nina Mason Pulliam shared her financial success and business leadership skills with many charities. She was particularly sensitive to human needs, animal welfare and environmental issues. “She had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like LISC,” said Carol Schilling, Trustee chairman. “Through her Trust, we continue to build on her legacy which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy.”

The grant to LISC represents one of 21 awarded to nonprofit organizations in Arizona and Indiana by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during the second of two grant cycles this year. Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $252 million to nonprofit organizations in Arizona and Indiana. As of September 30, 2015, the Trust had assets of approximately $364 million. Visit



Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.