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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.

Beginning September 2013, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, four Board of Trustee members have pledged $1 million to the Annual Fund if we can raise $3 million in new & increased donations. Please help us reach this goal!

Thank you for considering a gift to Pennsylvania Ballet’s Annual Fund. Donations of all sizes help make a difference – every dollar counts. We could not continue to perform without the generosity of our individual donors!


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Download a Pennsylvania Ballet donation form and list of donor benefits

  • 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. Annual Fund gifts make up more than half of the Ballet’s revenue – your donation to the Annual Fund is vital to the Ballet’s success!

    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 a significant expense for the Company. Female dancers use approximately 80 pairs per season, at a cost of $70 each. Support your favorite dancer by making a gift towards her pointe shoes for the season!

    Louise H. Reed Repertory Fund
    Established in 2003 in honor of Chair Emerita Louise H. Reed, this Fund supports the acquisition of new work, including the commissioning of work from contemporary choreographers.

    Accent on Dance
    Since 1996, Accent on Dance has been introducing classical dance to over 10,000 schoolchildren each year. Youngsters attend dress rehearsals at the theater, interact during in-school workshops, or participate in after-school programming. Teachers receive educational workbooks that help integrate the study of ballet into the curriculum.

    The School of Pennsylvania Ballet Fund
    In September of 2012, after a 20-year hiatus, Pennsylvania Ballet returned to its roots of being a premier pre-professional training institution and re-established The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. An affiliated school is important as it provides the opportunity to train students in the aesthetic and style of Pennsylvania Ballet. Donations made to The School of Pennsylvania Ballet Fund will support the general operations of the School as well as helping to establish scholarships for under-privileged 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

  • Pennsylvania Ballet Young Friends

    Pennsylvania Ballet Young Friends is a dynamic group of young professionals under 40 who support Pennsylvania Ballet. Young Friends members are offered special opportunities to expand their understanding and enjoyment of Pennsylvania Ballet and to network with like-minded peers.

    Visit the Pennsylvania Ballet Young Friends page for more info.

  • Pennsylvania Ballet Leadership Corps

    Pennsylvania Ballet proudly announces the formation of the Pennsylvania Ballet Leadership Corps, led by Anne Titterton, President; Lisa Glassner, Vice President; Patti Dietrich, Nominations and Membership Chair; and Jackie Simms, Secretary. The Corps is dedicated to the support and promotion of Pennsylvania Ballet through work on special events, fundraisers and other activities. Through our work, we help to maintain the Ballet in its proper place as a jewel in the city's cultural crown.

    Join us and you'll gain exciting, behind-the-scenes access to the Ballet!

    Visit the Pennsylvania Ballet Leadership Corps 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 or (215) 587-6913.