Join The Australian Ballet family
Philanthropy is a vital part of The Australian Ballet. It is only with the support of individuals, trusts and foundations and bequests that the company is able to perform at the highest standard every night, tour internationally, and dream for the future.
Individuals who give to The Australian Ballet are welcomed into our “ballet family”. Throughout the year, you’re invited to engage with our dancers and the supporting teams behind the curtain. There are many ways to get involved, and we would love to hear about your passion for the company.
So please join us and discover how you can help ensure the long-term future of The Australian Ballet.
Every time we look at The Australian Ballet we see beauty, grace, romance, artistry, strength, power and athleticism. This is made possible by everyone making the extra effort: great teachers, great dancers, a great support team and a great philanthropic community.Kenneth W Watkins, Philanthropy Director
At the heart of the Philanthropy program is The Australian Ballet’s Annual Giving program. Annual giving is the most important way to support the company and underpins our everyday operations. We get to know our Annual Giving Patrons and enjoy many special moments together, in support of The Australian Ballet and our dancers.
If you would like to join our Annual Giving ballet family, you may donate now online, by post or by phone. To learn more about Philanthropy, please contact your local Patrons Manager.
Meet the Philanthropy Team
- Rachel Gelis, Patrons Manager (VIC & TAS)
- Donna Brearley, Planned Giving Manager (VIC, TAS, SA, WA)
- Jane Diamond, Patrons Manager (NSW, ACT)
- Kenneth Watkins, Philanthropy Director
- Sharyn Gilham, Assistant to Director of Philanthropy
- Adam Santilli, Philanthropy Services Manager & Patrons Manager (SA)
- Nick Hays, Philanthropy Manager, Annual Giving
Show your love for The Australian Ballet by giving the gift of a lifetime. Join The Dame Peggy van Praagh Leadership Circle.
A Planned Gift through your Will to The Australian Ballet will help sustain the company for future generations. Funds received from bequests are invested in The Australian Ballet Foundation to create perpetual income for the company. The long-term impact is transformational, shaping The Australian Ballet of tomorrow.
Planned Giving donors are invited to join The Dame Peggy van Praagh Leadership Circle, named in honour of our founder. Our members enjoy unique opportunities to engage with the company.
If you would like to learn more, please contact us for a confidential discussion with our Planned Giving Manager.Download our Planned Giving information pack
Beyond Annual Giving, the company appeals to our ballet family for support of short term special projects.Find out more
The Ballet Ambassador program is a global network that engages with young arts lovers around the world and welcomes them, as the next generation of our patrons and supporters, into the active life of The Australian Ballet.Learn more
The Australian Ballet Foundation Board
The Foundation Board is a sub-committee of the Board and is comprised of volunteer community leaders and philanthropists. The Foundation Board assists in introducing people and broadening relationships that will be beneficial to The Australian Ballet. Its primary role is to work with the Philanthropy team to support fundraising for projects which are essential to the future success of The Australian Ballet.
Please contact Kenneth Watkins to discuss how you can transform The Australian Ballet through the power of philanthropy.
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS
Chair Edwina McCann
Co-Chair Bill Bowness AO (VIC)
Co-Chair Jane Freudenstein (NSW)
Colin Carter AM
Robert McCormack AM