Become a Friend of MMDG

Each year, the Mark Morris Dance Group (Discalced, Inc.) thrills audiences worldwide with performances of innovative work and engages communities with educational programs that bring the joy of dance to people of all ages and abilities on tour and in NYC.

When you make a tax-deductible donation or join as a member, you become a Friend of MMDG and play an active role in our success, supporting new and restaged works, education programs in public schools and public housing, free classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners, teacher training programs, and subsidizing studio rental for local artists.

Your commitment also has a broader impact as we move into the next two years of Mark Morris: Above & Beyond – our campaign raising $25 million from 2016 – 2020.

Funds raised through memberships and donations through 2020 will support expanded programs and operations, capital projects (adding three new studios), and bold new legacy plans.

Learn more about Above & Beyond>

View our FY17 Annual Report >

Make a fully tax-deductible donation

When you make a donation, you provide vital support for our annual programs. Your gift will be fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. This method of giving is often chosen by supporters who do not wish to receive the benefits provided with membership and prefer full tax-deductibility of their gift.

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Select a membership level

When you join or renew as a member, you receive annual benefits relative to your level of giving. Memberships are fully and partially deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Ensure the future of the Mark Morris Dance Group

Planned gifts provide for the company's future while creating a lasting and meaningful legacy for you and your loved ones. When you name the Mark Morris Dance Group in estate plans through bequests, gift annuities, charitable trusts, and beneficiary designations, you will automatically become a part of the Legacy Society. Your gift may have valuable tax benefits to you; and you'll also enjoy invitation to a special annual event for Legacy Society members-only.

How does it work?

Planned gifts are determined in the present day and granted at a later date, often providing benefits to the donor such as reduced income and estate taxes. Planned gifts can be made to the Mark Morris Dance Group (or to our legal nonprofit name "Discalced, Inc.") through IRA Charitable Rollovers, Bequests, Donor-Advised Funds, and Life Insurance and Retirement Plans. All funds will be used for annual operations unless otherwise designated toward a specific program or use.

Bequests can be made to through a living trust or will. This type of planned gift can be assigned a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your total estate. The Mark Morris Dance Group can also be designated as a contingent beneficiary should other beneficiaries predecease the donor. Bequests often significantly reduce the sum of your taxable estate. 

Life Insurance and Retirement Plans are other vehicles through which donors can support the Mark Morris Dance Group. Life Insurance policies can be donated as tax-deductible gifts, with premiums still being paid on donated policies considered tax-deductible contributions as well. Assets from Retirement Plans such as IRAs, 401Ks, and 403Bs can also be given to the Mark Morris Dance Group as charitable gifts at significantly reduced taxation rates.      

If you have planned a gift for the Mark Morris Dance Group or would like additional information, please contact Michelle Amador, Director of Development at 718-624-8400, ×208.
If you have planned for MMDG in your will, or would like information on how to do so, please contact Michelle Amador, Director of Development at 718-624-8400, ×208.

Stocks, IRA Rollovers, Donor-Advised Funds

Many people choose to transfer securities rather than making a direct contribution of cash. Should you choose this method of giving, you may not pay any capital gains tax on your gift, and you may be able to claim a Federal income tax deduction based on the full fair market value of the securities on the effective date of your gift. 

Stock Gifts can easily be made by electronic wire transfer. Ask your finanical advisor to reach out to Michelle Amador, Director of Development, at 718-624-8400 x208 to receive a form - pre-filled with our account information - for your broker. Please make sure your broker lets us know the number and kind of shares that are being donated so that we can quickly verify the transaction. In addition, please note our legal nonprofit name "Discalced, Inc." for all wire transactions.  

IRA Charitable Rollovers allow individual taxpayers age 70½ and older to donate distributions up to $100,000 annually to charitable organizations. These contributions can be made directly to the Mark Morris Dance Group from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs. They are not included in the donor’s adjusted gross income and are considered tax-free gifts.

Donor-Advised Funds enable donors to make a tax-deductible charitable gift to a sponsoring non-profit organization and subsequently determine grants to be made to various other non-profits from that fund. Donors can continue to contribute to the fund over time and donations are typically invested at the donor’s discretion with the potential for tax-free growth.   

Help offset touring costs by contributing your miles from any major airline. 

Contact Michelle Amador, Director of Development, for more information. 718.624.8400, 208

Thank you!

MMDG gratefully acknowledges support from the Friends of MMDG and:

American Express
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP
Morley and Frederick Bland
Booth Ferris Foundation
Allan and Rhea Bufferd
Suzy Kellems Dominik
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman
Shelby and Frederick Gans Fund
Isaac Mizrahi and Arnold Germer
Howard Gilman Foundation
Hearst Foundations
Sandy Hill
Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Elizabeth Liebman
The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
Suzanne Berman and Timothy J. McClimon
McDermott, Will & Emery
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Meyer Sound/Helen and John Meyer
New England Foundation for the Arts
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Ellen and Arnold Offner
Sarabeth Berman and Evan Osnos
PARC Foundation
Poss-Kapor Foundation
Diane Solway and David Resnicow
Resnicow + Associates
Margaret Conklin and David Sabel
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Iris Cohen and Mark Selinger
The SHS Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
Jane Stine and R.L. Stine
The White Cedar Fund

Additional support provided by:

Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation
The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
Arnow Family Fund
Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation
Cavali Foundation
Chervenak-Nunnalle Foundation
Con Edison
Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
Dau Family Foundation
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Estée Lauder Companies
ExxonMobile Corporate Matching Gift Program
Google Matching Gift Program
The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation
Guggenheim Partners Matching Gifts
The Harkness Foundation for Dance
Marta Heflin Foundation
IBM Corporation Matching Gifts Program
Jaffe Family Foundation
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Kinder Morgan Foundation
The Langworthy Foundation
Leatherwood Foundation
Materials for the Arts
Megara Foundation
Merck Partnership for Giving
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Morgan Stanley & Co.
Harris A. Berman & Ruth Nemzoff Family Foundation
The Pinkus Foundation
Jerome Robbins Foundation
Billy Rose Foundation, Inc.
Jennifer P. Goodale and Mark Russell
San Antonio Area Foundation
Schneer Foundation
SingerXenos Wealth Management
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Trust for Mutual Understanding
Viad Corp.
Zeitz Foundation

Public funding for MMDG has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the New York City Department for the Aging, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Local business support provided by:

Betty’s Bakery
Champion Vending
Damascus Bakery
Greene Grape
Harvest Snaps
Kind Snacks
Noosa Yogurt
Six Points Brewery
Stop & Shop
Trader Joe’s

Mark Morris Dance Group (Discalced, Inc.) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

For more information contact:

Michelle Amador
Director of Development


OR MAIL YOUR GIFT payable to the "Mark Morris Dance Group" to:

Mark Morris Dance Group
3 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415

To request a donation from the Mark Morris Dance Group, use this form.

The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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