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Ballet Austin Foundation

Secure Ballet Austin’s future.

In 1998, visionary community leaders established the Ballet Austin Foundation (BAF) to create a permanent endowment fund. A separate 501 (c)(3) led by a Board of Trustees and Advisory Council, the fund is managed through the guidance of DiMeo Schneider & Associates, L.L.C. In 2016, the Ballet Austin Foundation kicked off a permanent fundraising effort called Here for Good to secure endowment and legacy gifts that will set in motion a bold vision for Ballet Austin’s future.

Here for Good

Endowment Giving

In 2016, the Ballet Austin Foundation kicked off a permanent fundraising effort called Here for Good to secure endowment and legacy gifts that will set in motion a bold vision for Ballet Austin’s future.

Gifts made today will create a permanent impact beyond our lifetimes, ensuring that future generations will benefit from a legacy we all can create. Ballet Austin is here to INNOVATE, here to TEACH, and here to SERVE… We are Here for GOOD.

Learn more about supporting the Ballet Austin Foundation by contacting Development Director Christi Lotz at or 512.476.9151, ext. 124.


Ballet Austin focuses on creating innovative new work while preserving the rich tradition of classical ballet. Each season, Artistic Director Stephen Mills carefully curates our programming to provide diverse artistic offerings including his own original productions, pieces by other dance-makers and a selection of the classics. The creation process requires not only choreography but also collaboration amongst artists including the dancers, composers, set designer and costume makers.

Your support in this area brings these productions to the stage and perpetuates Ballet Austin’s growing reputation as a leading innovator in the field of dance.

Here to TEACH

There is no dance without dancers. Teaching the next generation of artists through the Ballet Austin Academy, Summer Intensive Program, Butler Fellowship Program and Ballet Austin II apprenticeship is our responsibility—and our role—in building the pipeline of emerging professional artists. These talented dancers come to us from around the globe, representing all socio-economic backgrounds.

Your support ensures they can pursue their passion by removing financial barriers and enabling talent to flourish unfettered, which will attract more and more of the world’s most promising dancers to develop their careers in Austin.

Here to SERVE

Elementary school students come to the ballet for the first time. Older adults build their balance so they might age with grace and strength. A breast cancer survivor finds the hope to rebuild her fortitude. The seed of talent and creativity grows within the walls of a Title I school. Those who cannot afford tickets are invited to share the final dress rehearsal of a performance as our guests.

Making dance and fitness accessible to our community is at the foundation of our mission, and your support makes it possible for us to serve.

“Endowment gifts supporting our artistic productions and community programs live in the hearts and minds of all who experience them.

– Stephen Mills, Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director

Memorial and Honorary Giving

Honor a loved one with a memorial or honorary gift to the Ballet Austin Foundation. A gift to the endowment is one that keeps giving. We are happy to send notifications to the honorary recipient or family of memorial gifts.

Estate/Planned Giving

Donors who declare an interest in the future of Ballet Austin by including the Ballet Austin Foundation in their wills, insurance, charitable remainder, or charitable lead gifts join our Legacy circle.

Ballet Austin Endowment Donors


Dr. & Mrs. Ernest C. Butler

$100,000 +

Ballet Austin Board of Directors
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Long


Anonymous (2)
Ballet Austin Guild
Dr. & Mrs. Craig C. Kuglen
Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham
Dilum & Surangi Chandrasoma in honor of Jennifer Guthrie


Mayor Steve Adler & Diane T. Land
Martha & Cliff Ernst
In Memory of Marilyn H. Ferguson
In loving memory of Martha B. Harrington
Jo & Jonathan Ivester
Jennene & K. Ray Mashburn
Emily Moreland/Moreland Properties
Cathy & Dwight Thompson

Ballet Austin Foundation Trustees and Advisory Council Members


Sarah Butler, Chair


Cliff Ernst, The Legacy Circle Chair
Renée Gallagher, Ex-Officio Ballet Austin Treasurer
Craig Kuglen, M.D., Secretary
Diane T. Land
Jennene Mashburn, Vice Chair
Emily Moreland
Edie Rogat, Treasurer; Ex-Officio Ballet Austin President

Advisory Council

Paula Boldt
Blaine Bull
Dorothy Drummer
Jennifer Guthrie
Alex Ladage
Ryann Reaud
Tom Welch
Stephanie Whitehurst

Legal Advisor

Derry Swanger
Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel LLP

Financial Advisor

Jon Fellows
Fiducient Advisors

Learn more about supporting the Ballet Austin Foundation (Tax ID #74-2884031) by contacting Associate Director of Individual Giving, Brooke Holmes at or 512.476.9151, ext. 114.

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