GRATITUDE

Hancher is grateful for generous support from our event sponsors, especially our lead sponsors in the 2018/2019 season for Philadelphia Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, and The Big Splash!. We thank Hancher Circle contributors at all levels and the donors to the Fund for Rebuilding Hancher for their ongoing support. Additionally, we thank our donors who have created endowed funds to support Hancher in perpetuity, including generous support from the Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson Arts Education Fund for our educational programs. We also thank the University of Iowa for its ongoing support of Hancher's endeavors.


Our most dedicated supporters accomplish their philanthropic goals through gifts to a variety of funds that support Hancher’s mission, including the Hancher Circle Fund, the permanently endowed Hancher Auditorium Enrichment Fund, and other funds for more specific needs. For more information about supporting these funds, creating your own named fund, gifting methods, or to discuss sponsorship recognition opportunities as a Hancher Partner, please contact Chuck Swanson or Devin van Holsteijn.

Our primary fund, the Hancher Circle Fund, provides unrestricted support to present Hancher’s season of world-class arts events. Funds may also be used at the director's discretion for educational programming, operations, and other needs as they arise. 

Hancher Circle members receive a variety of benefits as our way of saying, thank you. Benefit information is mailed to contributors every August for gifts made during the preceding giving year.

 

Hancher Circle levels and associated benefits

Supporter $250–$499
*Aspiring Supporter $125–$249

  • Opportunity to order tickets, during season announcement period, before the general public (begins at $100 giving level)**
  • Unique Hancher updates

Patron $500–$999
*Aspiring Patron $250–$499

  • 10% discount at Hancher Showcase (listed on your tickets)
  • Opportunity to order tickets, during season announcement period, before the general public**
  • Unique Hancher updates

Advocate $1,000–$2,999
*Aspiring Advocate $500–$1,499

  • Invitations to Advocate Events
  • First seating priority during season announcement period
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels

Partner $3,000–$4,999
*Aspiring Partner $1,500–$2,499

  • Partner recognition in brochures, playbills, and on website
  • Invitation to Partners Party (tentatively scheduled for October 17, 2018; invitations will be mailed)
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels

Believer $5,000–$9,999
*Aspiring Believer $2,500–$4,999

  • Additional recognition of your support of a select event in brochures, playbills, and on website
  • A VIP experience for you and a table of your guests in the Stanley Café prior to or after a performance
  • A toast to you, with a total of four drink passes for the Stanley Café
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels

Promoter $10,000–$19,999
*Aspiring Promoter $5,000–$9,999

  • Personal tour of Hancher for you and your guests
  • Opportunity to meet an artist before or after a select performance
  • Your name in lights in our lobby during your supported event
  • A toast to you, with a total of eight drink passes for the Stanley Café
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels, excluding drink passes

Director $20,000–$39,999
*Aspiring Director $10,000–$19,999

  • Backstage tour before a select performance
  • VIP greenroom experience for you and a table of your guests before a select performance
  • A toast to you, with a total of twelve drink passes for the Stanley Café
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels, excluding drink passes

Producer $40,000+
*Aspiring Producer $20,000+

  • VIP reception for 20 guests with select artist(s)
  • Opportunity to host your own unique, custom event at Hancher
  • Backstage tour before a select performance
  • VIP greenroom experience for you and a table of your guests before a select performance
  • A toast to you, with a total of twelve drink passes for the Stanley Café
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels, excluding drink passes

*The Aspiring Circle levels are for patrons age 35 and younger. Your date of birth will be required with your pledge or donation.

**Seating priority is first offered to all donors who give $1,000 or more annually, followed by all other donors who give $100 or more annually. Seating order in each group is based on total lifetime giving.

Devin van Holsteijn
Assistant Director of Development, Hancher
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
(319) 467-3658

For More Information

Chuck Swanson
Executive Director, Hancher
(319) 335-1133

Devin van Holsteijn
Assistant Director of Development, Hancher
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
(319) 467-3658

Hancher Showcase

The Hancher Showcase is staffed and managed by the Hancher Guild, and proceeds of all Showcase sales are used to support Hancher’s educational programs.

Join the Hancher Guild

Hancher Guild volunteers provide vital services by managing and staffing the Hancher Showcase, offering scheduled tours of Hancher, selling artists' merchandise before and after performances, coordinating special projects, and acting as goodwill ambassadors for the performing arts.