Because of you, we are able to foster the spirit of Beneficence among our faculty and students – encouraging them to make a lasting, positive impact on the world.

Thanks for your support, your spirit, your enthusiasm, and for sharing your love of the university with people in your circle and beyond. It makes a difference. You make a difference!

Through your gifts, you provide opportunities for students, as well as faculty, to make a positive impact on the world. Thanks to your impact, and the collective support of all donors, we will:

  • Increase scholarship and program support to assist our diverse, talented student body
  • Fund student travel and experiential learning
  • Increase student exposure to state-of-the-art technology, and
  • Attract and retain passionate faculty scholars who are experts in their fields

Visit this page often to learn how private philanthropy is changing lives at Ball State. We also encourage you to share your story with all of Cardinal Nation. The impact of your generosity and engagement is far reaching.

Brenda Flores

Lives transformed: Student Stories

Education is a powerful gift. You have the power to transform lives, giving students the opportunity to access knowledge and pursue their passion. Read stories about how your gifts are making a tangible difference every day. Meet the students.

The Philanthropist: Inspiring Stories

Philanthropy fueled Ball State’s promising beginnings, and decades of benefactors have built this institution and kept the university strong. Here are few of their inspiring stories.



Tom Byan talking with Jenn Bott

Honoring Two who Inspired a Dream

For Tom Bryan, ’77, finding a way to honor his father and uncle was about making sure the two were known. Read More.

Dave Neff

Dave Neff Discusses ‘Secret Sauce’ of Mentoring

Dave Neff sees mentoring as a lifelong relationship that can be transformative. Read more.

Celebrating Student—Professor Achievement

Behind every successful Ball State student is a professor who inspired their success. Many students form a bond with a faculty member who sees their potential and often become mentors for years to come. Please read some of these compelling stories.

Laurence Judge with Students

Outstanding Faculty Winner Shares International Coaching Knowledge With Students

Students in Lawrence Judge’s coaching education classes learn from a man who’s helped top athletes at the pinnacles of their careers. Read more.

Katherine Denker with student

Mentors Guide Undergrads From Diverse Backgrounds Onto Faculty Track

An esteemed Communication Studies department brought sophomore Isa Escobio to Ball State University. Someday, after she earns her doctorate, she hopes to return here to teach. Read more.