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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund not only supports Pennsylvania Ballet’s general operations, but also enables us to bring the best of ballet to Philadelphia and beyond. This includes funding the acquisition and creation of new works; maintaining the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra; attracting and retaining world-class dancers; and providing ballet essentials such as costumes, pointe shoes, and physical therapy for our dancers. Additionally, your Annual Fund dollars go a long way toward supporting our award-winning community outreach and education initiatives as well as The School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

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Donor Benefits

As a thank-you for your generous support, Pennsylvania Ballet offers our Annual Fund donors a variety of special benefits–from access to dress rehearsals to private dinner receptions with the stars of Pennsylvania Ballet. Donate now to start enjoying these exclusive offers!

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GIFTS OF STOCK

By making a gift of appreciated stock, you can deduct the full-market value of the stock and avoid incurring a capital gains tax. Please note: we have a new account for stock transfers. For instructions on making a gift with stock or mutual funds, please contact Karen Shore Barnosky, Manager, Individual Giving, at 215.587.6904 or kbarnosky@paballet.org.

MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAMS

Breaking down your contribution into monthly payments can be a great way to make your gift over time, allowing you to specify the monthly installments and schedule. Benefits will be calculated based upon the total annual amount of your gift. To start your monthly gift, fill out the secure online donation form, call 215.587.6913, or respond by mail.

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MATCHING GIFTS

Many companies match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. Some companies also match gifts made by spouses, board members, and retired personnel. Please contact your human resources department to determine if your gift qualifies. You may be able to double your gift to Pennsylvania Ballet! For more information, please contact Julianna Laseter, Coordinator, Development Services, at 215.587.6913 or jlaseter@paballet.org.

The following organizations currently support Pennsylvania Ballet through their matching gift programs:

  • AIG
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • Chubb Charitable Foundation
  • Cigna
  • CNA Insurance
  • Exelon Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Humana Foundation
  • IBM Corporation
  • Incyte Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Law School Admissions Council
  • Lincoln Financial Group Foundation
  • Merck Partnership for Giving
  • Monroe Energy, LLC
  • Nationwide Foundation
  • The Philadelphia Contributionship
  • Pfizer Foundation
  • Salesforce
  • The Vanguard Group Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

As of August 5, 2019

PLANNED GIVING

With a planned gift, you can save on estate and other taxes while providing for the future of Pennsylvania Ballet. Please consider making a bequest, donating retirement fund assets, or setting up a charitable gift annuity. For more information, consult with your financial advisor or contact Pennsylvania Ballet Director of Development Jane Kamp, at 215.587.6912 or jkamp@paballet.org.

IN-KIND GIFTS

There are many ways to give! Pennsylvania Ballet is always open to in-kind donations, such as printing, office supplies, food and beverage, and more. For more information, contact Kathi Lunardi, Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Events, at 215.587.6943 or klunardi@paballet.org.

Funding Opportunities

Make the most of your investment – you may designate your Annual Fund contribution to the program of your choosing. Please let us know which fund you would like to support when completing your online donation or printable form.

POINTE SHOE FUND

Well-made, perfectly fitted pointe shoes are a significant cost for any ballet company – but they are a necessary expense to ensure our female dancers perform at their peak. Pennsylvania Ballet’s dancers use more than 2,500 pairs of pointe shoes each season, at a cost of nearly $200,000! A contribution of $80 helps to underwrite a single pair, while a gift of $5,000 sponsors a female dancer’s pointe shoes for an entire performance season.

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BUILD-A-BALLET FUND

This fund supports the acquisition and presentation of new works to Pennsylvania Ballet’s repertoire and allows us to bring innovative choreographers and never-before-seen ballets to our audiences. Gifts to this fund help us to expand and diversify the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire.

For the 2019/2020 Season, gifts to Build-A-Ballet will support La Bayadère and 4 World Premieres.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FUND

Since 1996, Pennsylvania Ballet’s outreach and education programs have shared our love of dance with the people of Philadelphia by offering hands-on, high quality arts education activities in schools, at the theater, in our studios, and in the community, free-of-charge. Reaching thousands of students each year, these programs help to spark a passion for the performing arts, stimulate creativity, and increase cognitive skills.

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THE SCHOOL OF PENNSYLVANIA BALLET

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet prides itself on offering the highest caliber of dance education, providing our students with exceptional technical training and unparalleled performance opportunities. Founded by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of the great George Balanchine, the school carries on his honored tradition of and devotion to developing young artists and preparing them to become successful professionals in today’s competitive ballet landscape. Support for The School of Pennsylvania Ballet allows us to remain a premier training and provides scholarship assistance to dozens of talented and underserved local students each year.

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Giving Levels & Benefits

We offer a variety of benefits for the donation level of your choice.

Special Events

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Young Friends

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.