How We Raised It Podcast

How We Raised It Podcast

December 2021

Sharing extraordinary stories of mega gifts and multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns from the arts leaders who delivered them.

Melissa Smith, Noble Ambition

Rachel Tolosa Paz

Commissioned By
Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition

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In the past decade Australia has had more record-breaking multi-million-dollar gifts announced than ever before, transforming the cultural sector for the benefit of dancers, actors, writers, researchers and audiences everywhere.

Our podcast series celebrates the philanthropists who have given generously to these campaigns and shines a light on the often hidden stories of how these gifts were established.

Join us as we draw back the curtain to hear directly from the individuals who made these campaigns happen. Meeting the leaders of some of Australia’s greatest arts companies – The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, the National Library of Australia and others – and hear how they galvanised Boards, fundraising teams and donors into making the impossible, possible.


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Episodes 1 | Now available

Global financial crisis, Simon Mordant, 3 months and a call from Anthony Albanese: this is the story of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s $53 million campaign.

Featuring Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, former CEO, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Episode 2 | Now available

Hidden rooms, John Wylie, Jane Hansen and tattooed skateboarders: this is the story of the State Library of Victoria’s $28 million campaign.

Featuring Kate Torney OAM, former Director, State Library of Victoria

Episode 3 | Now available

The $30 million shower curtain: this is the story of Sydney Theatre Company’s landmark Wharf Renewal campaign.

Featuring Patrick McIntyre, former Executive Director, Sydney Theatre Company

Episode 4 | Now available

Succession, vision, uncertainty then the Neilson Nutshell: this is the story of Bell Shakespeare’s $3 million dollar gift.

Featuring Peter Evans, Artistic Director, Bell Shakespeare

Episode 5 | Now available

Physios in cupboards, dancers at dinners and unwavering confidence: this is the story of The Australian Ballet’s $15 million’ Raising the Roof’ Campaign.

Featuring Libby Christie AM, Executive Director, The Australian Ballet

Episode 6 | Now available

Ryan Stokes, Dame Nellie Melba and Patrick White’s reading glasses: this is the story of the National Library of Australia’s $30 million campaign ambitions.

Featuring Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General, National Library of Australia