Tuesday’s announcement that 22 Arizona groups received Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Awards marks a turning point for one Tempe organization.
Since it began in Oct. 2002, Arizonans for Children, an organization that works with foster children and Child Protective Services, has had trouble getting grant money.
The all-volunteer charity is still run out of president Kaye McCarthy’s home.
And because it’s so young, it has struggled to get attention from grant-giving organizations.
But McCarthy said the organization’s fortune is beginning to change now that it’s received a $20,000 Pulliam grant.
Arizona groups received more than $2.37 million.
"I think that’s what makes Pulliam so unique," said Pulliam spokeswoman Lisa Shover. "They’re known for stepping up to fund younger organizations."
The Mesa Community Action Network’s executive director, Pat Gilbert, said their Assets for Arizona Institute would not survive without the $120,000 grant it received from Pulliam.
The institute will use the money to pay staff, Gilbert said.
The institute matches money that poor families save for an education, starting a business or buying their first home.
Other Valley organizations to receive a Pulliam grant include: The Arizona State University Foundation; Assistance League of East Valley; Association for Supportive Child Care; Audubon Arizona; Beatitudes Center D.O.A.R.; Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix; Camp Fire USA, Greater Arizona Council; Civitan Foundation; Communities in Schools of Arizona; Desert Mission; Gabriel’s Angels; Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona; Labor’s Community Service Agency; Make A Difference; NPower Arizona; and Southwest Center for Educations and the Natural Environment.