Q: EXPOSED! 2024 receives a mega-match opportunity

Q Pioneer Donors John and Jo Gow surprise with $25k gift

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Q: EXPOSED! 2024 is a brand-new end-of-tax-year appeal raising money for the theatre and its equipment. With an ambitious $50k goal in 5 weeks, the fundraiser has been tracking well with 170 supporters getting us to 25% of our target by the beginning of week three. However, there's one pair of donors that could get added to that list who would make the biggest influence yet. 

Cue: John and Jo Gow - names that will be familiar to many in the performing and visual arts. They are the founders of the extraordinary Connells Bay Sculpture Park on Waiheke Island, recipients of The Arts Foundation Te Tumi Toi 2016 Award for Patronage, and long-time supporters for so many in our sector due to their strong belief in philanthropic gifting. 

“What we particularly enjoy with our philanthropic programmes is the relationship we develop with each organisation or artist. That is our ultimate reward along with mentoring or support we can offer.”

That generosity helped lay the foundation for Q when they joined the Pioneer Donors - a legendary group of individuals and families who "gave before the first brick was laid" for our doors to open in 2011. The commitment from the Gows over the years since has uplifted Q in many ways, but this year we're extra excited and grateful for the surprise of their incredible new offer – to be Q: EXPOSED! 2024 match funders. 

Q Pioneer Donor Bricks with Couch

Q Pioneer Donor bricks found in the foyer outside of Rangatira 

What does that mean, exactly? The Gows are prepared to gift $25k towards our new annual digital fundraiser, but only if we are successful in crowdfunding the first $25k - making their donation a 1:1 match towards our $50k goal. That also means that every gift we receive from you, our Q community, will be doubled in its impact!

This is such an invaluable opportunity for Q to get the support it needs for the theatre and its equipment, ensuring we can be true to our role as kaitiaki for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s home of independent performing arts.

As at today, we are only about $12,250 away from reaching $25k in crowdfunding, which will in return secure the Gow's gift of $25k - allowing us to reach our $50k goal! 

Q whānau, will you help us get there?