University of Iowa
Make an impact on Hancher's future!

Help Hancher acheive our vision of enriching the life of every Iowan through transformative artistic experiences!


Hancher Circle Fund -- This current-use fund provides professional program support but can be used for any activities related to the programming and operation of Hancher Auditorium.

Hancher Prelude Fund -- This current-use fund is much like the Circle Fund. The difference is that your individual gift of $125 to the Prelude Fund is your key to Prelude membership. Those 35 or younger who make a gift are automatically Prelude members.

Building a Legacy Hancher Executive Directorship Fund -- This endowed fund shall be used to fund the executive director's salary. If the Directorship Fund generates funds in excess of the salary, those dollars may be used to support programs and opersation of Hancher Auditorium.

Hancher Alumni Fund -- This current-use fund was created to allow former Hancher student employees to provide unrestricted support for the director of Hancher Auditorium.

Hancher Circle levels and associated benefits

Hancher Circle members receive a variety of benefits as thanks for their support. Benefit information is mailed to contributors every August for gifts made during the preceding giving year.

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
  • 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
  • All benefits associated with preceding levels

*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
Associate 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, coordinating special projects, and acting as goodwill ambassadors for the performing arts.