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About the Foundation

Girl With GlassesThe Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation was formed by businessman Stanley Ball, who had a genuine love and passion for the communities in which he lived. Throughout his life he served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and recognized that there were many people in the Ozarks who truly wanted better lives but simply didn’t have the resources necessary to improve their situations. As a result, he wanted to do his part to create communities that help people to be successful and happy. He also felt strongly about education and helping children.

After Stanley’s beloved wife, Elaine, passed in 2005, it was important to him to do what Elaine would have wanted. For that reason, Stanley established the Stanley and Elaine Ball Charitable Foundation with a substantial part of his estate. For many years to come, the foundation will accomplish the couple’s goals of helping those less fortunate and improving the communities they loved. Unfortunately, Stanley passed away in early 2015. However, his legacy will live on through his foundation and the gifts it has and will continue to bestow to deserving organizations.

Central Trust Company is proud to be a part of and manage the Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation and to play a small role in helping fulfill their dream of making the Ozarks a better place.

Organizations Supported

The following non-profit organizations have received assistance from the Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation since its inception.

  • Arc of the Ozarks
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
  • Branson R-IV Education Foundation
  • Branson R-IV School District
  • Bridges for Youth
  • Cents of Pride
  • Children’s Smile Center
  • Christian County Library
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks – Northwest Project
  • Convoy of Hope
  • Council of Churches
  • Council of Churches Foundation
  • The Discovery Center
  • Equi-Librium Therapy Center
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools
  • Friends of Abilities First
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch
  • Harmony House
  • I Pour Life
  • Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery
  • The Kitchen, Inc.
  • Least of These
  • Ozarks Literacy Council
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Springfield Workshop
  • Taneyhills Community Library
  • The Victim Center
  • Wish I May
  • Women in Need

To date, the
Ball Foundation
has granted
$2.2 million
to Ozarks Charities.

2018 Grant Season – Closed

Thanks for your interest in the Ball Foundation.  While the deadline for applications has closed for 2018, we hope you will consider applying in 2019.

Congratulations to the 2018 grant recipients. This year, the Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation awarded $238,095 to the following non-profits:

  • Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ozarks – $7,500
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks – $3,800
  • Boys & Girls Club of Springfield – $500 (yearly commitment)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Springfield – $5,000
  • Bridge of Faith Community Church – $18,000
  • Cents of Pride – $7,500
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks Northwest Project – $100,000 (fourth of five year commitment)
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks – $15,000
  • Dogwood Ranch Corporation – $25,000
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools – $10,000
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch L.L.C. – $14,830
  • Great Circle – $5,000
  • I Pour Life – $10,000
  • Junior Achievement – $5,000
  • Least of These – $10,000
  • Missouri State University Foundation – $10,965
  • Springfield Symphony Association – $10,000
  • Taneyhills Library Club – $25,000

Grant Application Guidelines

The Stanley and Elaine Ball Foundation was formed to assist charitable organizations in Southwest Missouri. Grants will be awarded exclusively for charitable uses and purposes, and the Ball Foundation’s primary focus is to enhance educational opportunities and/or provide support for disadvantaged children.

Organizations applying for a grant must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and provide their IRS Determination Letter.

The 2018 grant season closed on July 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Award Notification

Notification of grant award status will be mailed by November 15, 2018. Notifications will be mailed regardless of whether you receive an award or not.

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