Ball Foundation Invests Heavily in Recycling Efforts Nationwide with a $200K Grant

LONGMONT, CO, June 13, 2019 – Can’d Aid, a publicly funded national nonprofit based in Colorado, is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Ball Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation – to  expand their ongoing recycling program, the Crush it Crusade, and to pilot employee engagement projects around the country. To date, this is the largest grant Can’d Aid has received from Ball and one of its most significant partnerships for the 2019-2020 funding period.

“We’ve had tremendous success working with Can’d Aid over the past five years and are excited to grow our partnership even more this year. Their innovative and grassroots approach to promoting aluminum recycling reaches a very important and active consumer segment and we’re happy to support their work at a higher level,” said Chris Chavez, who serves as the Executive Director for The Ball Foundation and Director of Global Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Relations for Ball Corporation.

Since its inception, Can’d Aid’s Crush it Crusade has launched 59 grassroots recycling programs with various organizations and municipalities across the country and recycled nearly two million pounds of waste.

Sarah Leavitt, Can’d Aid’s Operations and Program Director was thrilled with the grant award and stated, “At a time when single-use plastics are impacting our land and natural resources at an unprecedented scale, this increased funding will allow the Crush it Crusade to provide communities with the tools they need to effectively recycle and divert waste. By educating consumers about infinitely recyclable aluminum cans and hosting hands-on river and beach cleanups around the country, we’re enabling concerned citizens to make a positive impact in real time.”

For more information about Can’d Aid and to join their people-powered recycling do-goodery, please visit

About Ball Foundation:

The Ball Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private foundation. The Ball Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that sustain the communities in which we live and operate by improving and promoting recycling, disaster preparedness and relief, food security, and STEM education. For more information about the Ball Foundation, please visit

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