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Individual Giving

Individual Giving is vital to the success of Pennsylvania Ballet. Less than half of the Ballet’s revenue comes from ticket sales. Annual Fund contributions help to make up the remaining approximately 55% of our revenue each year.

Annual Fund contributions from individuals like you not only support the Ballet’s general operations (such as the costs associated with rehearsals and performances) but also fund the acquisition of new work, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and help provide the resources needed to attract and retain world-class dancers. Annual Fund dollars also go to providing essentials such as costumes, pointe shoes, and physical therapy for our dancers. Your gift will also support Pennsylvania Ballet’s community outreach and education initiatives.

Currently, all new and increased gifts count towards our Annual Fund Challenge. August 1, 2014 marks the beginning of year two of our three year challenge – our goal is to raise $1 million a season (for three seasons), in new and increased donations. Visit our Annual Fund Challenge page for more information (and occasionally, special messages from our dancers!) and to track the Challenge’s progress throughout the season. 

 

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  • Annual Fund

    Annual Fund dollars go to where funds are needed most. By choosing to donate to the Annual Fund, you are helping to support everything from general operating costs, underwriting the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and essential items like pointe shoes and costumes. Your donation to the Annual Fund is vital to the Ballet’s success! In appreciation of your support, the Ballet offers its Annual Fund donor a wonderful set of benefits

    If you would like to designate your donation to a specific fund – please see the Special Giving Opportunities menu below and make sure to note which fund you would like to support during the online donation process (or when sending in our downloadable form).

     

  • Special Giving Opportunities

    You may choose to designate your donation to any of the specific funds below. Please let us know which fund you would like to support when completing your online donation (or when sending in our downloadable form).

    Pointe Shoe Fund
    Pointe shoes are what turn a dancer into a ballerina. They allow Giselle to bourrée across her grave, or a Black Swan to fouetté her way into the prince's heart. Having a good pair of pointe shoes is critical for every performance. And even if they only last an evening, my pointe shoes are what help me live out my dream every day.” – Principal dancer, Lauren Fadeley

    Well-made, perfect fitting pointe shoes are a significant cost for any ballet company – but they are a necessary expense to ensure female dancers perform at their peak. A contribution of $75 dollars underwrites a single pair while a gift of $5,000 underwrites a female dancer’s pointe shoes for an entire season. 

    Louise H. Reed Repertory Fund
    Established in 2003 in honor of Chair Emerita Louise H. Reed, this fund supports the acquisition and presentation of new work to the Company’s repertoire, including the commissioning of work from contemporary choreographers. It is an integral part of Pennsylvania Ballet’s mission to expand and diversify the Company’s both classical and contemporary repertoire. Since the creation of the Louise H. Reed Repertory Fund, the Ballet has added more than forty works to its repertoire. 

    Accent on Dance Fund
    “This program has changed many of our student's lives…Across the board this program has improved our children's behavior, academic performance, attendance and socialization. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about what a positive effect it has had on our student's lives.” – Former Accent on Dance School Administrator.

    Since 1996, Pennsylvania Ballet’s outreach and education programs, collectively named, Accent on Dance, have been providing unique opportunities and experiences for local, underserved school students that spark interest in performing arts and help to stimulate creativity and cognitive skills. Accent on Dance offers a range of free activities that take place during the school day, after school, and at the theater. Please visit our Accent on Dance page for more information on specific programs and our First Positions blog (an online magazine of dance writings and reviews from students).

     

  • Leadership Barre

    The Leadership Barre (those donors who annually give $2,500 or more) includes some of Pennsylvania Ballet’s most dedicated and engaged supporters. Leadership Barre donors receive exclusive access (such as special patron services, invitations to exclusive events, and behind-the-scenes opportunities to meet dancers and artistic staff) that enhances their experience at the Ballet and allows them to deepen their appreciation of dance. Most important, Leadership Barre donations provide the vital support needed to maintain Pennsylvania Ballet as a leading cultural force in the community. Your support as a Leadership Barre donor will help sustain the Ballet and allow it to uphold the highest artistic standards.

     

    To learn more about The Leadership Barre or to make a contribution, please contact Jessica Holl, Annual Fund Manager, at 215.587.6913 or jholl@paballet.org.

  • Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet

    The Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet is a dynamic group of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 35, who enjoy classical and contemporary ballet, and learning more about the art form. Young Friends receive special, behind-the-scenes access and opportunities to interact with the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet.

    Visit the Pennsylvania Ballet Young Friends page for more info.

  • United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Ballet’s
    United Way Donor Choice Number is 2772.

    We are pleased to announce that donors can now designate a gift to Pennsylvania Ballet through United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

    Here’s how to give to Pennsylvania Ballet through United Way:

    1. Fill in the top half of the United Way Campaign Pledge Form (through your employer)
    2. Go to "Specific Agencies" on the form
    3. Fill in our Donor Choice Number: 2772
    4. Fill in our Agency Name – Pennsylvania Ballet
    5. Fill in the amount of your gift to Pennsylvania Ballet

    Thank you for partnering with Pennsylvania Ballet and United Way!

    To let us know of your gift, please contact Jessica Holl, Annual Fund Manager, at jholl@paballet.org or (215) 587-6913.