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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 was instrumental in securing 3 year funding for the CEO role. Her vast knowledge of trusts and trustees offered us opportunities that would otherwise have been hard to identify.”

Heather Wood, Chief Executive, Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

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