A Campaign for Kansas City Ballet

Moving Into the Future

Over the last decade, Kansas City has built a reputation as an arts magnet.

Feeding on the City’s enthusiasm, the company has emerged – performing at a level with the best in the country.

We would gladly assist you with ways to make a gift that is meaningful to you and has a lasting impact for Kansas City Ballet.

Please contact Jennifer Wampler at 816.216.5585 or by email.

Over the last 40 years in order to keep pace with rising costs, ballet companies across the nation have increased ticket prices. These increases, however necessary, outpaced the earning power of the audiences. And now, Kansas City Ballet, just like other national companies, must limit ticket price increases to keep attendance affordable and accessible.

With current financial projections, expenses will begin to surpass income in 2025. The easy answer is “cut expenses”. Cuts would begin to the decline of the Ballet, taking us backward and losing what so many have built.

A strong financial future is the best solution to ensuring Kansas City Ballet’s continued momentum. The arts in our community are a “need to be” not a “nice to be”. We owe future generations the best Ballet Company the region can offer. Our city is a gift, and we strive to give back to the city. As you have helped us build this treasure, we invite you to help us preserve it.

Interested in learning more?

How to Support the Campaign

A perpetual fund or endowment is an investment fund set aside for the long-term support of Kansas City Ballet. It is your opportunity to give in a way that provides the Ballet with stability and you with a long-term relationship with the organization.

Once your family and friends are provided for, we hope you’ll consider making Kansas City Ballet part of your legacy. It is one of the most meaningful things you can give to future generations and we’d be honored by your thoughtfulness.

With current financial projections, expenses will being to surpass income in 2025. Your investment of a multi-year gift to a program area that’s meaningful for you will ensure a Ballet that continues to be a community asset.

Types of Perpetual Funds Available

Gifts to the campaign of $50,000 or more in cash (or equivalent) or $100,000 or more as a planned gift may establish a Named Perpetual Fund.

As donor of the Fund, you may choose to leave the income as undesignated or direct the income to a specific area of need. Custom funds may also be created with the assistance of the Ballet’s development staff.

Starting with a minimum campaign gift of $5,000 cash or $10,000 planned gift, donors may invest in a Pooled Perpetual Fund

Meet supporters like you


In addition to giving unrestricted funds, you have the opportunity to support three priorities of Kansas City Ballet’s future:


Areas to support include:

• Dancers
• Live Music/Orchestra
• Production and Repertoire
• Artistic Staff


Possible areas of funding include:

• Student Scholarships and Financial Aid
• Live Music
• Performance Opportunities
• School Staff and Guest Teachers


Examples of support opportunities include:

• Community Programs
• Matinees for Students
• Community Engagement Staff

Honoring 25 Years of Leadership

Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director 1998-2023

Jeffrey J. Bentley’s leadership defined Kansas City Ballet for twenty-five years, growing the organization into one that is admired throughout Kansas City and across the nation. In honor of his accomplishments, the board of directors established the Jeffrey J. Bentley Fund for Innovation & Creativity. This perpetual fund supports the innovative spirit and creativity of artists who are the future of dance.

Please consider a gift to show your appreciation for Jeff’s dedication to KCB.

Make A gift


How will you be remembered?

Make your passion a vital part of your life story. Your gift is an investment that will have the impact and significance to secure the future of Kansas City Ballet.

We would gladly assist you with ways to make a gift that is meaningful to you and has a lasting impact for Kansas City Ballet. Please contact Jennifer Wampler at 816.216.5585 or by email.

Disclosure: We encourage you to consult your financial advisor or attorney as you consider a gift for Kansas City Ballet. The information provided here is not intended as legal, accounting, or other professional advice.

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