Our Difference

Stanley and Elaine Ball formed this foundation primarily to grant portions of their estate to area charities in the Springfield metro area. Past recipients have included Harmony House; Community Foundation of the Ozarks – Northwest Project; the Christian County Library; and the Taneyhills Community Library in Branson. Stanley 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 helped people to be successful and happy. He also felt strongly about education and helping children.  The Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation is proudly managed by Central Trust Company.

2017 Grant Recipients Announced

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation, managed by Central Trust Company, announced the 2017 local non-profit grant recipients.   A total of 60 applications were received this year, and grants were awarded to 19 recipients, totaling a community investment of $232,655.50.  Requirements for grant applicants included the organization’s ability to enhance educational opportunities and/or provide support for disadvantaged children. To date, the Stanley & Elaine Ball Foundation has awarded nearly $1.9 million to area non-profits allowing them the ability to tackle some of our community’s biggest red flag issues.


2017 Ball Foundation Grant Recipients

  • Arc of the Ozarks - $10,210.50
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield - $500
  • Branson R-IV School District - $12,080
  • Cents of Pride - $15,000
  • Children’s Smile Center - $13,375
  • Convoy of Hope - $15,000
  • Council of Churches Foundation - $25,000 matching
  • The Discovery Center - $10,000
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools - $10,000
  • Friends of Abilities First - $13,000
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch - $18,500
  • I Pour Life - $10,000
  • Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery - $15,000
  • Ozarks Literacy Council - $5,000
  • Ronald McDonald House - $10,000
  • Springfield Workshop - $10,000
  • Taneyhills Library Club - $20,000
  • The Victim Center - $10,000
  • Women in Need - $10,000

The grant selection committee included Jo Arcudia, Karen Hall, Ken Homan, & Diane Homan.