The Ball Foundation
The Ball Foundation was established in 1975 by G. Carl Ball and his wife Vivian Elledge Ball. The foundation's mission is to discover and develop human potential. This mission is pursued through the foundation's two major programs: Career Vision and Education Initiatives. From 1999-2011, Education Initiatives created partnerships with small and mid-sized urban school districts to improve literacy learning for every student through whole systems change. These partnerships built sustained, system-wide capacity among educators to support professional learning and instructional leadership in collaborative environments, resulting in gains in student achievement.