5 episodes

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

During the past decade in Australia, we’ve seen more record-breaking multi-million-dollar gifts announced than ever before.  These gifts have transformed the cultural sector for the benefit of dancers, actors, writers, researchers and audiences everywhere. We celebrate the philanthropists who gave them yet the stories of how these gifts came into being often remains hidden.  

How We Raised It draws back the curtain to hear directly from the individuals who made these campaigns happen. We’ll meet 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. 

Hosted by Melissa Smith - Australia’s only Global Fundraiser of the Year, with almost 20 years’ experience in philanthropy and fundraising.  Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition. 

For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

How We Raised It Creative Partnerships Australia & Noble Ambition

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

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

During the past decade in Australia, we’ve seen more record-breaking multi-million-dollar gifts announced than ever before.  These gifts have transformed the cultural sector for the benefit of dancers, actors, writers, researchers and audiences everywhere. We celebrate the philanthropists who gave them yet the stories of how these gifts came into being often remains hidden.  

How We Raised It draws back the curtain to hear directly from the individuals who made these campaigns happen. We’ll meet 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. 

Hosted by Melissa Smith - Australia’s only Global Fundraiser of the Year, with almost 20 years’ experience in philanthropy and fundraising.  Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition. 

For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

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

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

    From stepping into the founder’s shoes, to navigating government and immense competition, the extraordinary story of an Artistic Director who reluctantly asks not once but twice, to finally achieve a permanent home for Bell Shakespeare. 

    Hosted by Melissa Smith. Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition.   For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

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

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

    It took both ‘one year and 30’ for Sydney Theatre Company to achieve Australia’s largest gift for performing arts and one of the world’s most coveted performing arts theatres – and the story involved some of the most celebrated stars of Hollywood, Australian boardrooms and prominent families.

    Hosted by Melissa Smith.  Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition.   For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

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

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

    From humble beginnings and hidden rooms, the extraordinary story of the State Library of Victoria securing two of the largest gifts to libraries in Australia and making it a place of learning and inspiration for everyone.

    Hosted by Melissa Smith.  Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition.   For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

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    • 43 min
    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.

    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.

    From the verge of bankruptcy, Liz Ann Macgregor shares the extraordinary story of engaging artists, audiences, government and donors to secure Australia’s largest philanthropic gift for contemporary art at the time, and the MCA’s transformation into the world’s most visited contemporary art museum.

    Hosted by Melissa Smith. Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition.   For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    Trailer - How We Raised It

    Trailer - How We Raised It

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

    During the past decade in Australia, we’ve seen more record-breaking multi-million-dollar gifts announced than ever before.  These gifts have transformed the cultural sector for the benefit of dancers, actors, writers, researchers and audiences everywhere. We celebrate the philanthropists who gave them yet the stories of how these gifts came into being often remains hidden.  

    How We Raised It draws back the curtain to hear directly from the individuals who made these campaigns happen. We’ll meet 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. 

    Hosted by Melissa Smith - Australia’s only Global Fundraiser of the Year, with almost 20 years’ experience in philanthropy and fundraising.  Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition. 

    For more resources and arts philanthropy know-how, head to creativepartnerships.gov.au. For more on fundraising leadership and episode recommendations to apply to your organisation, go to nobleambition.com.au 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

johneedfood ,

I love this podcast - it’s the complete opposite of small talk

Thank you, Melissa Smith, for asking Liz Macgregor and Patrick McIntyre, “How did you raise that mega amount of money?” I mean, this topic is so awkward to broach for a layperson like myself. And how very interesting! As a lover/consumer of the arts in Australia, I mostly think about the artists, and maybe the government. I have been taking for granted the role that philanthropy plays in getting that stuff that I love served up to me. It was a privilege to listen to these directors share their perspectives. I enjoyed hearing about how Liz faced the giant hurdle of the GFC and then Patrick facing the spanner in the works that is Covid! You have a nice laugh, Melissa. You coax out the person behind the big name and make them accessible. I’m looking forward to the rest of the episodes and learning more about the personalities and relationships behind the great cultural institutions of Australia.

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