February 3, 2020

The George and Frances Ball Foundation awards The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie with a $110,000 grant to support the Clubs’ out of school time programming for kindergarten through 12th grade.  The vision of the Clubs ensures that every Club member graduates from high school, ready for a post-secondary education, or a vocational career.

According to Thomas Kinghorn, President and CEO of the George and Frances Ball Foundation, “We are pleased to support the strong collaborative relationship between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie and Muncie Community Schools. Effective after-school programming, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Power Hour, Diploma2Degrees, Career Development, Money Matters and Mentoring, can all make a difference.  This programming aligns with our Cradle to Career Initiative, and investing in our youth is key to the future of the community.”

“The investment that George and Frances Ball Foundation provides the Clubs is reflected in the work that our youth development professionals do every day alongside our youth. Club members have increased their reading and math scores by 25% and 18% respectively,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie Director of Grant Initiatives, Amy Gibson.

The Clubs revealed their 2020 campaign at last week’s Great Futures Dinner. This year the Clubs will focus on “Whatever it Takes” to build great futures for the youth of Muncie. This grant will allow the Clubs to focus on continuing their efforts to offer Club Kids a safe, fun, and positive environment where they can enable young people to be the best they can be.

About the George and Frances Ball Foundation

The George and Frances Ball Foundation was founded in 1937 as a private foundation endowed by George and Frances Ball. The Foundation was “organized exclusively to promote charitable, scientific and educational purposes.” The Foundation has a strong commitment to the needs of East Central Indiana. The George and Frances Ball Foundation adopted a new proactive grantmaking strategy in 2018, which carries forward the legacy of George and Frances Ball with efforts to increase educational attainment through a community Cradle to Career Initiative.