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More than 60 Years of Service to You and Ball State

Ball State University Foundation was established on October 26, 1951 with a few thousand dollars in assets.  

We have evolved into a sophisticated organization with assets totaling more than $234 million, a sizeable professional staff, and a governing board of 31 members with national and international representation. 

The foundation’s primary function is to provide maximum sustainable support for Ball State University. The dedication of foundation leaders and their enthusiasm for supporting Ball State has proven to be contagious. Thousands of loyal alumni and friends have helped build impressive assets with contributions totaling more than $432 million in the last 60 years.  Thank you!

The foundation has become a vital financial partner for the university, providing more than $357 million in support for programs and buildings, which have added academic, cultural, entertainment, and economic value to the university and community. Future gifts such as bequests, life insurance policies, property, and life income plans have grown to more than $96 million.