Nominations Sought for Ball Brothers Foundation’s $10,000 Fisher Governance Award

(L-R) Jud Fisher and John Craddock are pictured. John was awarded the Fisher Governance Award in 2017. Photo provided.(L-R) Jud Fisher and John Craddock are pictured. John was awarded the Fisher Governance Award in 2017. Photo provided.

By: Jud Fisher—

Muncie, IN—August 15 is the deadline for submitting nominations for Ball Brothers Foundation’s annual Fisher Governance Award. The award honors the efforts of a board member of a Delaware County non-profit organization whose strategic planning and oversight skills have contributed to the organization’s mission, financial stability, and general effectiveness. The award winner will be honored at the Muncie-Delaware Chamber of Commerce Dinner on October 25. Included in the honor is a $10,000 grant to the organization that the recognized board member represents.

Nominations should include practical examples of how the nominee has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and characteristics of integrity, responsibility, and accountability throughout the nominee’s board service.

Previous award winners have included: John Craddock representing Community Enhancement Projects in 2017; Ron Orebaugh representing Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District in 2016; Julie Metzger representing Project Leadership and the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie in 2015; Pat Botts representing Greater Muncie, IN Habitat for Humanity in 2014; Nancy Turner representing Muncie Public Library in 2013; Jeff Parsons representing Youth Opportunity Center in 2012; and Teresa Willman, representing Cardinal Greenways, Inc. in 2011. Nominees must have served on the organization’s board for a minimum of two years. Foundations are not eligible to nominate their board members for the award.

The annual award honors the memory of Delaware County philanthropists John W. and Janice B. Fisher. Mr. Fisher (1915-2009) exhibited strong and compassionate leadership, serving for a decade as president and chairman of Ball Brothers Foundation among his many community commitments. His wife, Janice (1916-2010), was daughter of the industrialist-philanthropist Edmund Burke Ball whose estate initially helped to establish the Ball Brothers Foundation in 1926.

Nominations are due by 4 pm on Wednesday, August 15. Submission details and a link to the on-line nomination form are available at


Ball Brothers Foundation is one of the state’s oldest and largest family foundations. Annually, Ball Brothers Foundation awards approximately $7 million in grants supporting arts and culture, education, the environment, health, human services and public affairs. The Muncie-based private foundation gives priority to projects and programs that improve the quality of life in BBF’s home city, county and state.