So, you may be aware that the Library has been running a crowdfunding campaign at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cataloguing-pusey-house-library to raise money towards the costs of the cataloguing project.
The direct costs of the project are being funded externally from a variety of sources: mostly via grant-making trusts of various kinds. We have received grants from the Foyle Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust, the Chichester Theological College Trust, the William Delafield Charitable Foundation, and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, and there are further applications in the pipeline.
We decided to launch a Crowdfunding appeal to raise some money directly from our supporters, Friends, and library users too. Crowdfunding is rather like an old fashioned public appeal, except instead of little envelopes and collecting boxes, it all happens online.
Like this, but on the internet
We chose a target of £2,200, which covers a good round 5% of direct costs for 1 year of the project, and also seemed like an achievable goal. The campaign launched on 5th October (a few days after the first member of project staff began working in the Library) and will close on 9th November (a few days before the second member of project staff gets stuck in).
However, less than half way through the campaign time-wise (we’re on day 14 of 35), we have already more than reached our target. This means:
- We are very happy
- We are now aiming towards a new stretch target of £10,000
Year one of the cataloguing project is fully funded, but we are still raising funds towards the second year. The more we can raise directly from our supporters, the less we need to raise from grant making organisations.
Conversely , the more we can raise directly from our supporters, the more likely grant making organisations are to offer us money, as it displays popular support for the plan, a healthy relationship with our visitors, and a bit of initiative!
So, the appeal continues on until 9th November, and additional donations are still very welcome.
Thank you all very much.