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The NoNo and the ProNo

A new research paper from Cass Business School 'The Art of Refusal: Promising Practice for Grant Makers and Grant Seekers' presents the findings of a study of experiences at the point of grant refusal among both seekers and makers of grants to charities.

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“Lesley has a knowledge of major donor and trust fundraising which is rare and invaluable.”

Jane Burns, Head of Fundraising, YMCA England

Lesley Hynes

Hands-on fundraising, strategy and mentoring

Lesley Hynes has been working with UK charities and NGOs for 20 years with a track record of raising £500,000 to £1 million each year for them.

She has an in-depth knowledge of raising money from trusts and major donors and specialises in securing core funding for staff posts as well as project funding. An expert in networking, Lesley enables her clients to see connections to help unlock funding. She is a mentor and regularly works with CEOs, teams and solo fundraisers to help them plan and execute their trust and major donor work intelligently and to great success.

She provides hands-on fundraising for charities, as well as strategic direction. She helps organisations to establish good fund raising networks and to recruit and motivate charity patrons. She has vast experience of recruiting fundraisers and can provide short-listing and interviewing expertise for organisations appointing their first fundraiser, or another key role.

Her clients say that she is clear, honest, thought-provoking and upbeat. She is solution-focussed, gets involved and takes great care to understand a charity's values and needs.