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June 29, 2010 Jud Fisher, President & COO – 765-741-5500
Ball Brothers Foundation announces over $3.5 million in Cycle I Grants
The Foundation continues its Childcare and Quality of Place Initiatives
Muncie, Indiana – Ball Brothers Foundation has announced the approval of grants resulting from its first grant cycle of the year, as well as other grant programs, to several organizations throughout Indiana. The majority of the grants will be distributed to organizations for local efforts while a select few grants were directed to groups with efforts outside the East Central Indiana region.
“We’re continuing our assistance to high-impact, high-achieving childcare facilities,” said Jud Fisher, president and chief operating officer. “Our childcare grant payouts have risen thirty-one percent since the official start to our initiative in 2008. We are taking a measured approach to strengthening these organizations over time. They are the underpinnings of a positive future for many families in our community in terms of early childhood education and more robust economic development,” Fisher stated.
Fisher also noted the early momentum of the Foundation’s “Quality of Place” initiative. The initiative developed out of ideas formed in a partnership with the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, and the George and Frances Ball Foundation.
“One grant I’d highlight is the ecoREHAB program run by Jonathan Spodek,” Fisher said. “It is a true neighborhood improvement program that remodels homes in an environmentally friendly manner inside and out. You need to establish ‘beach heads’ in various neighborhoods and this program will do that,” Fisher said.
“Think of taking abandoned homes, utilizing Ball State students to rehabilitate them, and then putting them on the market,” Fisher continued. “You eliminate an eyesore, create a resource base of highly skilled individuals through the immersive learning effort, and increase value in the surrounding area. It is an incredible concept and may prove a turning point in various neighborhood renewal efforts. It takes patience for an initiative like ‘Quality of Place’, but I’m confident we can make a difference.”
Ball Brothers Foundation was founded in 1926 to promote and carry out philanthropic efforts in the state of Indiana. The Foundation concentrates on East Central Indiana, with particular focus on Delaware County. The Foundation offices are located in downtown Muncie, Indiana. For further information, including guidelines and deadlines, please go to http://www.ballfdn.org/
Ball Brothers Foundation
Cycle I – January 1 – June 29, 2010
1. Friends of Lincoln Collection
Care and presentation of the Lincoln Collection
2. Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Marketing Development & Implementation
3. Indianapolis Museum of Art
4. Selma Middle School
Educate to Activate!
5. Muncie Family YMCA
Technology & Professional Development
6. Indiana Council for Economic Education
Economic Education and Literacy
7. Muncie Family YMCA
Black Achievers Program
8. Kidz Korner Child Care
9. College Mentors for Kids
10. USA Freedom School
Delaware County Schools Study
11. Indiana Natural Resources Foundation
Hoosier Outdoor Experience
12. Open Door Health Services
13. Youth Opportunity Center
Health & Wellness Initiative
14. United Day Care Center
Staff Professional Dev. & Playground Update
15. Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, Inc.
ECI Childcare Director Support Center
16. Second Harvest Food Bank of ECI
Fresh Produce Tailgate Program
17. Indiana Youth Institute
Organizational Effectiveness Grants in ECI
18. United Way of Delaware County
Community Solutions Investment Program
19. Community Foundation of Muncie/Del. Co.
IU Fundraising School
20. Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
Longest Drive Golf Program
21. Muncie Delaware Clean & Beautiful
Downtown Cleanup & Beautification
22. Ball State University
23. City of Muncie
Prairie Creek Beach Area Renovation
24. Cardinal Greenway, Inc.
25. Cornerstone Center for the Arts
26. Delaware County Special Olympics
2010 National Games
27. East Central Indiana Therapeutic Riding
Technical & Promotional Support
28. Indiana Black Expo-Muncie Chapter
15th Annual Health, Employment & Community Information Fair
29. Parents Encouraging Parents
30. Red-Tail Conservancy, Inc.
31. Roy C. Buley Community Center
Summer Kaleidoscope Program
32. Step By Step Assistance Dogs
33. Storer Elementary School
STAR Reading/Web-based Accelerated Reading Program
34. Union Chapel Ministries
Neighborhood Makeover Day
35. United Day Care Center of Delaware Co.
36. American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
Local Indiana Program Assistance
37. Open Door Health Services, inc.
BBF Fellowship Award
38. Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
BBF Fellowship Award
2010 Operating, Capital and Collections Support
40. Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
2010 Membership Dues
Total Payout for Cycle I (plus other grant programs): $3,532,274