Crowdfunding for Academic Libraries: Indiana Jones Meets Polka
Academic libraries, Crowdfunding, Development, Fundraising
Journal of Academic Librarianship
Crowdfunding – or creatively presenting a case for funding to like-minded individuals – is becoming an effective development strategy for academic libraries. The crowdfunding projects described offer multiple approaches to consider, from an adventure-themed video to embracing polka music to entice donors to give. Social media, used in conjunction with the web and well-established email communication formed the basis of successful project promotion. Developing a robust communication plan ahead of campaign launch is critical for success. Thanking donors for their transformational gifts and follow up communication describing the impact of their participation six months later raises friends for the library potentially for many years to come. With proper planning, an active and enthusiastic committee and effective donor stewardship, crowdfunding campaigns will help libraries raise funds to support strategic initiatives.
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Bushong, Sara; Cleveland, Susannah; and Cox, Christopher, "Crowdfunding for Academic Libraries: Indiana Jones Meets Polka" (2018). Faculty Publications. 735.