Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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Lesley is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Philanthropy. She convenes the 'Art and Science of Fundraising' module, which is part of the MA in Philanthropic Studies.

Lesley's current research examines how fundraisers facilitate gift giving to non-profit organisations and the ways is which they influence how these organisations carry out their stated aims of meeting the needs of their various beneficiaries. She is particularly interested in how fundraisers themselves interact with organisational structures to shape and influence charitable and philanthropic practice.

Lesley has a Masters Degree from the Open University in Global Development Management and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in History and Drama Studies, from the University of Natal (South Africa). Prior to commencing her PhD in 2014, Lesley had a 15 year career as a fundraiser in South Africa and the UK. During this time, she worked both as sole fundraiser and part of large teams within the criminal justice sector (South Africa and UK), the arts and heritage sector (South Africa and UK), as well as social care and international development (UK).

Contact Information


Cornwallis North East, CNE111

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Alborough, L. (2017) ‘Lost in Translation: A sociological study of the role of fundraisers in mediating gift giving in non-profit organisations’, International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 22 (4).

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Lesley convenes and teaches on SO958 Art and Science of Fundraising module, which is part of the MA in Philanthropic Studies.

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  • International Society for Third Sector Research
  • European Research Network on Philanthropy
  • Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action
  • Institute of Fundraising
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Last Updated: 23/10/2018