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Annual Fund

Annual Fund

As we navigate our way safely back to live performances, we rely on our audiences’ support now more than ever. Your gift to the Annual Fund will further every aspect of our mission: to cultivate an enduring appreciation for dance through world-class performances, to inspire the next generation with exceptional education and professional training, and to connect with the community through meaningful and inclusive programming.  

Your investment in Philadelphia Ballet today is an investment in the enduring power of ballet and the arts. On behalf of our dancers, musicians, and staff, thank you for your generosity. You truly make our work possible.

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Supporter Benefits

Philadelphia Ballet donors receive special recognition and exclusive access to behind-the-scenes opportunities, events, and other programming. However, due to the unprecedented circumstances of our 2020-21 season, our donor benefits have changed. Contributions are fully tax-deductible for donors who gave less than $2,500 cumulatively in 2021. For donors who gave at the Leadership Barre Society level of $2,500 or more, contributions have a fair market value of $85 unless waived.

We look forward to keeping our donors updated as evolving conditions allow us to safely offer additional benefits for our supporters. For more information, contact the Development Department at [email protected] or 445.544.8415.

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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 Zac Joseph, Associate Director, Development, at 445.544.8415 or [email protected].

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 445.544.8415, 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 Philadelphia Ballet! For more information, please contact the Development office at 445.544.8415 or at [email protected].

The following organizations currently support Philadelphia 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 June 31ˢᵗ, 2021

PLANNED GIVING

By including the Philadelphia Ballet in your will or estate plans, you can make a more significant, lasting impact with the Philadelphia Ballet, while complementing your personal financial planning.  Planned gifts are often larger support that result in more favorable tax benefits and lifelong income for you and your family.

For more information, click here or contact Zac Joseph, Associate Director, Development, at 445.544.8415 or [email protected].

IN-KIND GIFTS

There are many ways to give! Philadelphia Ballet is always open to in-kind support, such as printing, office supplies, food and beverage, and more. For more information, contact the Development Department at 445.544.8415 or [email protected].

Funding Opportunities

You can even decide what your contribution goes toward! By making 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 the online or printable form.

ARTISTS FUND

The path to becoming a professional artist is long and highly-focused.  At Philadelphia Ballet, we have all felt the loss of live performances deeply, but none have been affected more than our dancers and musicians. Their single-minded pursuit of a life on stage means that current circumstances deprive them of both their passion and their livelihood. 

Philadelphia Ballet has launched a new Artists Fund to back a commitment to our dancers for salaries and studio time beginning in the new year, and to our musicians for future engagements when conditions allow.

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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. Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FUND

Since 1996, Philadelphia 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 PHILADELPHIA BALLET

School of Philadelphia 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 School of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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.