Donelle created the Non-Profit Crowd Toolkit while undertaking Masters and PhD research at Victoria University of Wellington. Donelle holds a Master of Information Studies (VUW), a BA Honours in English/Digital Humanities (University of Canterbury and University of Auckland), and a Diploma of Publishing (New Zealand Institute of Business Studies).
Several academic awards and scholarships have enabled Donelle’s research, including a Trinity Term Scholarship at Oxford University. During her time at Oxford she got up close and personal with the crowd’s contributions to the original Oxford English Dictionary, and gatecrashed the project launch of What’s the Score at the Bodleian? where she discovered the wonderful world of crowdsourcing cultural heritage.
Donelle has a professional background in rare books, publishing, and marketing, and formerly managed Boosted, New Zealand’s crowdfunding platform for the arts. She is currently Strategic Advisor to the Division of Humanities, University of Otago.