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Conor McCarthy

Conor McCarthy

Director of Philanthropy
National Library of Australia

Conor has been Director of Philanthropy at the National Library of Australia since 2019.

He began his fundraising career in higher education, firstly at the University of Sydney, and then at UTS, where he was part of the team that secured a $25m gift in support of the university’s Frank Gehry-designed business school and a related scholarship program.

He subsequently worked with a prospect research firm, Fundraising Research & Consulting (FR&C). He holds a PhD in English literature from Trinity College, Dublin.


Conor McCarthy will be speaking at the Museum Fundraising Summit on 18 July 2023:

Crafting a Captivating Case for a Significant Campaign

Faced with the monumental task of raising funds to digitise its vast and varied collections, the National Library of Australia faced a significant challenge. With only 10% of its 10 million items digitised, the library needed a compelling case for support.

Discover their journey to create an inspiring, donor-friendly campaign, which has raised $8 million, including several $1 million contributions, and learn the secrets behind their fundraising success.

Conor McCarthy