From those who love dance, to our artists who love to dance

Philanthropy is a gift

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. 

Kenneth Watkins, Philanthropy Director
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The Australian Ballet Philanthropy
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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

Annual Giving

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. Read about our President of Annual Giving Natasha Bowness here.

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President of Annual Giving Natasha Bowness

Planned 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 founding Artistic Director. 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

Ballet ambassadors

The Ballet Ambassador program is a global network that engages with ballet 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.


Edwina McCann, Chair

Jane Freudenstein, Chair, Northern Chapter

Robin Campbell, Chair, Southern Chapter

Nina Aberdeen
Arun Abey AM
Hayley Baillie
Mary Barlow
Di Bertalli
Bill Bowness AO
Natasha Bowness
Prue Brown
Colin Carter AM
Georgina Curran
Greg Egan
Cara Elsley
Suellen Enestrom
Frances Ingham
Sarah Ingham
Nicola Kaldor
Gail Marshall
Jodie Maunder
Jane McLachlan
Karen Morrison
Maria Pannozzo
Michael Robertson
Lynne Wright