The Ball Foundation

The Ball Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations to fund programs that create a positive, measurable impact in four key areas linked to Ball’s business and strategy: education, packaging recycling, disaster relief and food security. Specifically, grants are awarded in the communities in which we operate in the United States. The Foundation awarded $2.5 million in grants in 2014 and 2015.

STEM Education

The Ball Foundation focuses its education funding on science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) for K-12 and higher education programs geared toward encouraging and preparing students for careers in engineering. Programs include supporting diversity by providing opportunities for educational achievement and diverse thought regardless of racial and ethnic background, gender or economic status.

With the help of the Ball Foundation, more than 300 students participated in STEM-focused camps hosted by Regis University and the National Society of Black Engineers in 2015. This investment included mentoring, hands-on learning opportunities and educational materials for students. More than 40 mentors, consisting of diverse college students majoring in STEM fields, visited Ball for career night, where they networked with Ball employees who work in STEM positions. They also met recruiters and learned about Ball’s internship program. Events like this area great opportunity to position Ball as an employer of choice and to highlight career paths at Ball in STEM fields.


Package Recycling

Recycling is critical to the future of our business, society and planet. Its benefits include saving significant amounts of energy and natural resources.  The Ball Foundation supports programs that increase metal packaging recycling rates, improve collection processes and provide education about the benefits of recycling. In 2014 and 2015, the foundation supported The Recycling Partnership, reaching 1.2 million U.S. households to increase recovery of recyclable materials at the curb. 

The foundation has also partnered with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Schools program targeting zero waste in Boulder, Colorado, schools. Up to two-thirds of the discards from each of the Green Star Schools is kept out of landfills. Currently, there are 43 schools enrolled in the program teaching more than 18,000 students and their families the value of zero waste to landfill.

In addition, the Ball Foundation supports Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation, in particular their beverage can recycling program, “Crush it Crusade.” With the goal of recycling 1 million cans, this program provides assistance to communities and local nonprofit organizations to get away-from-home recycling programs off the ground.


Food Security

Food security is a key focus area for Ball’s community engagement efforts because it is closely tied to our North American food can business. In 2014, one in seven Americans lived in food-insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. Because the nutritional value is sealed inside, canned food provides safe, nutritious meals to those who need it. Canned foods also help minimize food waste and are easy to prepare.

Ball and its employees are committed to helping ensure that everyone in their communities has access to nutritious food. In 2015, Ball’s annual “Let’s Can Hunger” food drive expanded across all North American locations. Events in the U.S., Canada and Mexico were held to unite employees and collect donations. In two weeks, employees donated more than 170,000 pounds of canned food and raised more than $215,000 in monetary contributions, which provided approximately 700,000 meals to individuals in 37 communities where Ball operates.

The food collected, combined with employee donations and the money unlocked through Ball’s matching gifts program, helped nonprofit organizations provide and improve local access to sufficient food resources for individuals and families in need. In 2014 and 2015, Ball employees also volunteered more than 1,200 hours alone in food- and nutrition-related causes serving nonprofit organizations.


Disaster Relief

Being a good neighbor, corporate citizen and employer of choice in communities where we have a presence is important to Ball and the Ball Foundation. In 2014 and 2015, the Ball Foundation partnered with the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, helping the Red Cross deliver vital relief to people affected by disasters, big and small, across the U.S. and around the world.

Ball and Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation coordinated efforts for disaster relief during 2015, and provided 150,000 cans of drinking water to victims of the South Carolina flooding and northern Texas tornado, as well as residents in Flint, Michigan, who were dealing with toxic lead contamination in their drinking water. Because aluminum beverage cans are transport-efficient, unbreakable, and infinitely recyclable and maintain the high quality of the product inside, cans filled with drinking water are a perfect option to help people affected by disasters.

In 2014 and 2015, the Ball Foundation awarded grants to fund Habitat for Humanity’s critical home repair programs for people who were displaced by the Colorado floods of 2013. Thanks to the funding and volunteer support of Ball employees, we contributed to the completion of 21 home repair projects and one home replacement.

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The Ball Foundation funds programs that create a positive, measurable impact.