On 15 August, donors and library-lovers came together in support of State Library of Queensland at the fourth annual Crowd Giving event. The Queensland Library Foundation fundraiser attracted around 70 donors and raised $30,000.

Emceed by Courtney Talbot, Foundation Vice-President, and Andrew Baker, General Manager Private Clients at Perpetual Private, the concept was simple – three State Library project leaders pitch their project to donors for five minutes. Donors then ask questions to fully understand scope and impact. Once all three pitches were made the donors rank their favourite projects 1-2-3 on a secret ballot, with the project with the most votes being declared the ‘winner’ of the night.

With $30,000 gifted to the Foundation we’re pleased to say all three projects will receive $10,000 each and become a reality.

Image: L – R: 2019 Crowd Giving winner, Rachel Spano with State Library colleagues Louise Denoon and Jacinta Sutton.

Rachel Spano, Senior Conservator, made the winning pitch on the night, which will see scientific analysis undertaken of State Library of Queensland’s collection of seven Richard Daintree photographs taken in the 1870s. This remarkable collection will undergo extensive surface evaluation which will pave the way for future conservation and preservation needed to restore them to their original beauty.

Image: Australian Conservator of the Year, Kelly Leahey examines one of the Daintree photographs.

Jacinta Sutton, Program Officer in Queensland Memory, had the second most popular project and will commence production on Queensland’s first history dedicated podcast telling stories from our distant to our recent past. The funding will enable State Library to produce a series of five podcast episodes focused on regional Queensland stories, taking the mic to the outback and bringing our unique content to the podcast airwaves.

And, with the support from a philanthropic donation, Louise Denoon, Executive Director Public Libraries and Engagement and her team will offer a travel bursary for a Pacific Islander Librarian to attend the prestigious Next Library 2020 conference, an international gathering of forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers,to be held in Brisbane next year. The recipient of this grant will also spend 10-days professional development at State Library.

Crowd Giving is leading the way in library giving circles, engaging individuals, corporates and foundations to jointly support social change.

Thank you to all our supporters who helped make Crowd Giving 2019 such a success, and to Courtney Talbot and Andrew Baker for their continued advocacy and trust in our ability to inspire possibilities through knowledge, stories and creativity.

We look forward to updating you on the progress of these three fantastic projects throughout the year and hope to see you at Crowd Giving 2020.

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By Kate Hall, Senior Grants & Philanthropy Officer, Queensland Library Foundation.


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This is fantastic to see! as a father, I take my son to our local library every Thursday for a read (caloundra) and it's one of the things he really looks forward to and having money rainsed certainly helps!