Lesley Ray

Director Philanthropy

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Lesley Ray MBus, CFRE, FFIA
Director Philanthropy

Lesley Ray is Director Philanthropy at Mater Foundation, Queensland where she culminates fundraising practice with organisational management and leadership. She leads a team of fundraising professionals and is charged with the development of the organisation’s individual giving and philanthropic engagement programs.

Lesley’s Master’s degree focused on ‘giving circles’, particularly women in philanthropy. Along with five colleagues, Lesley formed the group 'Women and Change' in 2014, Queensland's first ‘giving circle’.

Lesley is Chair of the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), an organisation based in Washington DC. She is also a Fellow of Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), and in 2015, Lesley was announced as the recipient of the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to fundraising in Australia.