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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 August 2013, the start of Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th Anniversary Season, all new and increased donations to the Annual Fund count towards the Challenge Match. The goal is to raise $3 million in new and increased gifts over the next two performance seasons (through 2016).

Visit our Challenge Match page for more information and to track the Challenge’s progress!


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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.


  • 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

  • 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 or (215) 587-6913.