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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


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.

Keeping on top of forthcoming changes to Gift Aid


If you have any individual major donors who typically give at around this time of year, you could benefit by letting them know about changes to Gift Aid which are looming.

Lottery grant success for Diabetes UK


Congratulations to Lesley Hynes Fundraising client, Diabetes UK. The charity has just secured £414,000 from Big Lottery Reaching Communities for its 'Healthy Lifestyles Road Show'.

Talking about Results


'Talking about Results', a new report by New Philahthropy Capital has found that whilst 90% of the charities analysed were good at talking about what they did, less than half could describe effectively the impact of their work, i.e. their outcomes.

High earners plan to make bigger donations


This weekend's Financial Times makes for interesting reading. According to City financial advisers and wealth managers, high earners are planning to give more to charity this year as they seek to avoid paying the new high rates of income tax.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation goes online


The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation now offers an online application process. This muscular funder of the UK’s cultural life, education and learning, the environment, and enabling participation for disadvantaged people gave away £22 million last year ...