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Women of Beneficence, the 2023 AFP-Indiana outstanding philanthropy group, is an influential group of Ball State alumni and friends who are passionate about the University. 

This collaborative philanthropic group was created to support and fund innovative projects and programs at Ball State – impacting students and benefiting our local, national, and international communities. Membership in Women of Beneficence is open to anyone who meets one of the Levels of Support tiers listed below. In addition to collective impact, membership includes opportunities to network with those new to the professional journey, executives, mid-career professionals, retirees and others. Members receive progress reports from grant recipients and participate in the Annual Meeting, grant selection gatherings, tours of funded projects, the holiday reception at Bracken House and other events.

About Women of Beneficence

Since being established in 2002, the Women of Beneficence have granted more than $1 million and supported over 60 projects and programs at Ball State.

Women of Beneficence partner with University administrators to select and support high-profile Ball State projects nominated by faculty and staff. Grant allocations range from $10,000 to $30,000 and are selected at the annual membership meeting each March.

Levels of Support

  • Full Members make a gift of $1,000 or more annually and are entitled to three votes.
  • Associate Members make a gift of $500–$999 annually and are entitled to two votes.
  • Supporting Members make a gift of $250–$499 annually and are entitled to one vote.

Learn more about membership to the Women of Beneficence at Ball State University by contacting Lola Mauer, Associate Vice President of Engagement and  Strategy, Ball State University Foundation.

Apply for a Women of Beneficence Grant

To be eligible for a grant, Women of Beneficence will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, program administrative costs, and summer stipend (salary is capped at $2,500 plus additional fringe benefits). Funding is not considered for: faculty overloads, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs. Maximum grant requests may be up to $30,000, and a Project Director may hold only one award per fiscal year. Visit our application page for more information.