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. 

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.

Trinity Murphy

You are supporting First Generation Cardinals

Hear about how the generosity of the Ball State community changed the trajectory of Trinity's life. Watch Now.

Stacy Manella

Helping Athletes with Disabilities

Meet Staci Manella and learn how she is pursuing her passion to help athletes with disabilities. Watch Now.

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.


Bill Wallace: Kicking it with the King of Rock and Roll

An accomplished kickboxer, karate champion, author, and actor, as well as a personal trainer and close friend of Elvis Presley, Bill Wallace has seen and done much of what this world has to offer. Read more.

Tory Flynn

Challenges as Opportunities with Tory Flynn

Tory Flynn is the Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Corporate Affairs for Hillenbrand, a global industrial company headquartered in Batesville, Indiana with a presence in over 40 countries. Hillenbrand helps businesses worldwide engineer, design, market, and manufacture a wide variety of products that impact how people live. Read more.