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Every gift has a recipient. It may be a young chemist or a budding writer. It may be a scholarship student—the first in her family to attend college. Or it might be a future teacher who one day might teach your own child or grandchild. You may never meet the student whose life your generous gift has changed. But know this to be true: your gift has a real impact on the lives of real students.

How to Give

You have many giving options available to suit your preferences. Many employers also match gifts to educational institutions. Your gift could be doubled or even tripled.


Make a difference immediately! Use your credit card or debit card at our secure online giving site to make your gift today. You may designate your gift to your favorite college, department, program, initiative, or the Ball State Fund for the greatest needs of the university. You also have the option of setting up a recurring gift schedule, which could simplify how you give back to Ball State.

Give Now

When you receive your annual giving mailing, you may include a check along with the gift card in the pre-paid return envelope.

Or you may mail a check any time of year to:

Ball State University Foundation
2800 W. Bethel Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304

We’ll be happy to help you make your gift or answer any questions over the phone.

Call us at 765-285-8375.

If you are a Ball State employee, you may have your gifts to Ball State deducted from your paycheck by completing our payroll deduction form (PDF).

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To discuss other options for giving or to receive more information, please contact us:


Phone: 765-285-8375
Toll-Free: 888-I-GO-4-BSU
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Types of Gifts

There are many ways to make a gift through the Ball State University Foundation. You have tremendous flexibility in determining how your gift will be used, as well as how your gift is made.

The simplest and fastest way to give to Ball State is to write a check or to use your credit or debit card to make a gift on Ball State’s secure online giving website. You may also set up a recurring payment schedule through the online giving form. Your gift is transferred immediately to Ball State and is tax deductible.

Or you may mail gifts to the Ball State University Foundation.

Major cash gifts may be made as a pledge to be paid over a specified period.

For more information about making a major gift, please call the Office of Development.


Gifts of securities, including stocks and bonds, to Ball State may be made with minimal out-of-pocket costs. Also, when stock is transferred directly to the Ball State University Foundation, you do not have to pay capital gains tax.

You also may want to explore innovative gifts such as real estate, tangible personal property, and life insurance.

For more information, go to Gift Planning or please call the Office of Development.

You can leave your legacy to Ball State through a planned or deferred gift.

We are here to help you explore the many excellent options available to create a planned giving strategy that meets your needs and goals. Learn more about gift planning.

We’ll also be happy to work with you and your legal or financial counsel to develop a plan that will benefit you and Ball State.

Endowments are essential to developing and maintaining vitality and quality at Ball State. Your endowment gift makes a lasting difference.

For more information, contact the Office of Development.

You may make a gift to Ball State in honor or memory of an individual or to mark a special occasion or event.

For more information, contact the Office of Development.
Would you like to partner with Ball State? We help corporations and foundations engage and give back to the university. Your support can strengthen academic programs and community partnerships. To learn more, contact our Office of Development.

Annual Giving Opportunities

Every gift Ball State receives makes a difference in the quality of education we provide. Your annual fund gifts are a promise to every student and often provide opportunities that tuition and state funding cannot. Through the collective support of alumni and friends, our students have access to resources that motivate, educate, and inspire them to reach their goals. A multitude of funds to benefit students, faculty, and university programming exist for you to align your passion with your philanthropy to make a difference here at Ball State.

Make your gift today and join the thousands of alumni and friends who give annually to support university initiatives that propel Ball State forward. You’re in good company.

Giving Resources

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Gift Planning

A planned or deferred gift—such as a bequest made through your will, a gift annually, or beneficiary designation in a life insurance or retirement plan—enables you to make a larger gift to Ball State than you may have thought possible while providing financial security for you and your family. Our Gift Planning website contains a wealth of information, including different giving methods, gift calculators, free bequest language, a will planner, giving news, and donor testimonials. You can also download an estate planning guide and subscribe to our e-newsletter.

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Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions their employees make. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Want to know if your company has a matching gift policy? Search our database.


Ball State Faculty and Staff Giving

As essential members of the Ball State community, faculty, and staff members have a unique perspective on the needs of the university, and your gift sets an important example to Cardinals everywhere. You also benefit from using payroll deduction to contribute each month, quarter, or year. Give now.

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Corporate and Foundation Relations

Would you like to partner with Ball State? We help corporations and foundations engage and give back to the university. Your support can strengthen academic programs and community partnerships. To learn more, contact our Office of Development.


Professional Advisor Resource Center

Are you a professional advisor specializing in philanthropic planning? Our Professional Advisor Resource Center provides helpful tools and information. For more information, contact our Office of Development.