Advancement Academy for NPOs and HEIs

The Advancement Academy took place from the 1st to the 3rd of September at Inyathelo’s Civil Society Sustainability Centre. Separate programmes were designed for the NPOs and HEIs with each spanning over 1½ days and both comprising of masterclasses, concurrent and plenary sessions presented by local and international speakers. The two audiences came together during a key note address which marked the end of the Academy for NPOs and the beginning of the Academy for HEIs.

The NPO programme looked at sharing ideas on multiple stakeholder management and cracking the code of governance; hands on approaches on digital storytelling; digital fundraising; managing data, as well as monetary considerations for meeting statutory and donor requirements.

The HEI programme was designed to address tools and practices for those in Advancement and fundraising offices on university campuses, as well as transferrable learnings from NPO practitioners that could be incorporated into higher education practitioners’ Advancement work.  This included a look into the current philanthropic context of South African Universities (a look at the ASIPHE Research Survey); strategies to keep capital campaigns current; digital fundraising and marketing; data driven analysis and managing stewardship. 


A special thanks goes to our local speakers, both returning and new, as well as international speakers: Gustavo Rotondaro – from Metrica, USA; Sean Jones from EduActive, UK, and Tracy Playle from Pickle Jar Communications, UK. To Inyathelo’s local and international donors who fund our work and contribute to Inyathelo’s mission of a robust and sustainable civil society and higher education sector – we thank you. 

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The Advancement Academy for Non-Profit Organisations and Higher Education Institutions took place from 1 - 3 September 2015 in Cape Town.

Posted by Inyathelo | The South African Institute for Advancement on Monday, 7 September 2015

Meet the Speakers:

  • Sid Peimer – Executive Director, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    sidSid began his working life as a laboratory assistant, then studied pharmacy at the Cape Technikon. After a year of experimentation involving production and marketing, Sid enrolled for an MBA at the University of Cape Town. On completion of his degree he was invited to join SA Druggists as regional services manager, and was then appointed as the National Services Manager for the then 400 Link pharmacies. After a year of backpacking around the world, he changed direction, choosing a more creative career, firstly with Grey Advertising, followed by WNA Medical and then Leo Burnett, where he emerged four years later as Strategic Planning Director for the subsidiary Red Nail. The brands he planned on included: Liberty Life, Chicken Licken, FedEx, Incredible Connection, Scooters and Cadbury. He was then invited to join Ogilvy Johannesburg, planning on SABMiller, Nestlé, Iscor and House & Home amongst others.
    Sid has also served as the Managing/Strategic Director for the full service agency BEHP, and became CEO for their Johannesburg client IFI after six years, where he was met with the rigours of administration, finance, HR, production, sales and marketing as well as expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa. He returned to Cape Town in 2013, consulting and training in strategy and in 2015 was appointed Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sid has authored The Clear Win, Business for the New and the Free, and is widely published online. He is appreciated for his strategic insights and wicked sense of humour. 

  • Hoosen Agjee is the Managing Partner of Turning Point Consultants

    hoosenagjeeHe has been actively involved in the NPO sector for the past twenty eight years at both grassroots and management levels. He is also a specialist in advising clients on setting up trusts for business, personal, estate duty and non-profit purposes.  In addition he has a wide range of experience in serving corporate and SMME clients which includes providing services in a spectrum of management, accounting and tax issues, and thus uses this experience to efficiently structure and advise NPOs across the country. 

    Hoosen has also authored many articles on NPOs and Taxation and has recently published the second edition of his book “Tax Benefits for the Non-Profit Sector” together with the recently launched “A Guide to the New Companies Act & Non-Profit Organisations”.  He has been presenting courses, training sessions and workshops for the last 15 years across Southern Africa to the NPO and Private Sector on NPO management and taxation
  • Jerushah Rangasami – Director and Owner of Impact Consulting

    jerushaJerushah Rangasami is the Director and owner of Impact Consulting – a social development consultancy that works with organisations and projects to maximise the positive social impact that they have.  She is the recipient of numerous awards which recognise her expertise in the M&E, business and IT space. Jerushah has a postgraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Cape Town, with Masters level training in Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as over sixteen years of experience in the social development sector and working in and with non-profits and donors.  She is an experienced evaluator, researcher, facilitator, project manager and strategist.  Jerushah has led over 100 evaluations and research studies, including longitudinal impact evaluations.  She is passionate about user-friendly research dissemination and has produced numerous documentaries and training videos. Jerushah speaks prolifically at local and international conferences and was also a guest lecturer in M&E for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

  • Dr François Bonnici, Director, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Cape Town

    bonniciFrançois Bonnici is Director of the newly established Bertha Centre for Social Innovation amd Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Originally trained as a physician in South Africa, he also read for a Masters degree in Public Health (London) and a MBA (Oxford) as a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked in paediatric clinical medicine, in humanitarian and development programmes. As a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum, he worked on developing public-private partnerships and innovations for development, later heading up the Forum’s own Schwab Foundation work in social entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East. He cofounded the African Social Entrepreneurs Network and with colleagues has established an award-winning social enterprise building low-cost medical devices for low-resource settings.

  • Janine Ogle – Project Coordinator, Funding Practice Alliance

    janineJanine Ogle was employed by Inyathelo in March 2010 as the research co-ordinator for the Funding Practice Alliance. Her employment history includes roles as an advocacy officer, as a research assistant (at the level of senior research technologist at the MRC), and as a researcher and parliamentary liaison officer for the SACBC. Janine holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree, majoring in Social Work and Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Gender Studies, both from the University of Natal-Durban (now University of KwaZulu - Natal). She has also graduated with a MA in Public Policy (with Merit) from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Janine is a Nelson Mandela Scholarship alumni.

    Currently, Janine coordinates both the Funding Practice Alliance and the Non-profit Code of Governance projects based at Inyathelo. Both projects have heightened Janine’s belief in the strength of the civil society sector in South Africa and intensified her interest in the dynamics that underpin the formation and purpose of social movements.
  • Tracy Playle BA (Hons) – Content Strategist, Founder and Director of Pickle Jar Communications

    traceyTracy Playle (MA DipCIPR MCIPR MIoD), is a communications and digital engagement advisor to the education and related sectors. Tracy previously worked in communications for the University of Warwick. Prior to founding her first consultancy in 2007, Tracy worked as Head of Research TV, a broadcast public relations service that raised the profile of university research on television channels around the world and online. 

    She has worked for and with over 100 education institutions in more than 17 countries. In 2014 she became the first European digital communications specialist to be awarded a CASE Crystal Apple Teaching Award for public speaking at education advancement conferences around the world. This award has been given to only 20 people in Europe in 20 years.
  • Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge – Executive Director, Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement

    nozizweNozizwe has a long and distinguished history of campaigning for human rights and supporting civil society organisations that deepen and advance democratic participation. She served as a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 2009 during which time she was promoted to Deputy Speaker, Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Defense.

    Before joining Inyathelo, Nozizwe helped establish the African Women’s Peace Table, a partnership forum for integrating women’s perspectives on issues of peace and security in Africa. She set up the women’s human rights organisation ‘Embrace Dignity’ as well as ‘Democracy from Below’, a grassroots movement to strengthen participation in our democracy. Nozizwe also served as Non-Executive Director of the ‘Coalition Against Trafficking in Women’ (CATW International) as well as ‘Right to Care’ and ‘Right to Care Health Services’, a section 21 company providing treatment and care for people living with HIV/Aids. Nozizwe is a recipient of the Tanenbaum Peacemakers Award, an honorary doctorate from Haverford College, Pennsylvania and a human rights award from the University of KwaZulu Natal. She holds an Honours Degree from the University of Cape Town. Click here to read more about Nozizwe.
  • Gillian Mitchell – Associate, Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement

    gillmGillian holds an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business as well as a BA in English and Drama from UCT. She has broad and varied experience within the tertiary education sector and has held positions at, among others, UCT (Deputy Director of Development and Public Relations), the UCT Fund Inc. New York (Director of Fundraising), the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Director of Advancement) and Inyathelo (Philanthropy Programme Manager). She consults, writes and trains in Advancement for civil society institutions.

  • Louise Driver, CEO – Children’s Hospital Trust

    louisedriverLouise Driver currently holds the position of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape.  She has been working for the Children’s Hospital Trust for almost 5 years, holds a Business Science Honours degree in Social Marketing from UCT, and over 20 years of development and corporate experience. Louise has worked in the corporate sector for Old Mutual and MTN’s Corporate Social Investment projects, and in the development field for Catholic Welfare and Development, fundraising and marketing for the 22 development projects under their umbrella. Louise was also MD of GreaterCapital, where she assisted them in developing and implementing effective corporate social investment strategies and has initiated and run various community welfare and development initiatives in Cape Town and Durban. She is also the researcher and author of the book: How to Help: A Guide to Worthy Causes in Durban, which provides a beneficiary resource for private and corporate funders. 
    In 2012 Louise won the Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Social Development category; in 2013 she won the South African Institute of Fundraising award for Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year as well as the Resource Alliance 2013 Global Fundraiser of the Year at the IFC in the Netherlands.

  • Pam Sykes – Independent Facilitator and Researcher

    pamPam supports organisations and individuals in telling the stories that matter to them - and in making those stories work, whether it be for healing, creative expression, education, advocacy, fundraising, marketing, or organisational and leadership development. 

    Her work spans the spectrum from being a digital storytelling facilitator, as well as a researcher, writer and strategist specialising in PR and marketing for NGOs and companies with a technology focus. She particularly enjoys working with NGOs and small to medium-sized companies for their energy, iconoclasm and the fact that she invariably ends up talking a lot to amazing and inspiring leaders. Pam is also an independent facilitator, researcher and writer with 15 years’ experience working with public and private sector clients. She is particularly skilled at presenting complex information to lay audiences in compelling, easily understood ways without sensationalising or dumbing down. Pam holds degrees in Economics and Philosophy from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, and an MSc in in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh. She trained as a digital storytelling facilitator at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California.

  • Pieter Swart –Director: Marketing and Corporate Relations: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

    pieterPieter Swart qualified as a Public Relations Officer and Teacher in 1979.  After teaching for three years he held positions as Public Relations Officer, Head of Public Relations, and Director of Corporate Affairs (Marketing, Communication and Fundraising) at Port Elizabeth Technikon.  In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

    Career highlights include addressing the United Centre against Apartheid in New York in 1994; participating in the He’Atid Programme in Israel for SA Leaders; delivering a paper on  University Advancement at the Annual Case Assembly in San Francisco and assisting Swedish institutions of higher learning put together strategic marketing plans, CI and branding.

  • Helen White is Head of Communications at Orbis Africa

    helenwhiteHelen White is Head of Communications at Orbis Africa where she manages the planning and implementation of all marketing and communications strategies for the non-profit organisation dedicated to saving sight in Africa. Orbis Africa provides the tools, training and technology necessary for local partners to develop workable and lasting solutions to the tragedy of unnecessary blindness on the African continent. Helen is a communications specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in strategic communications and has 12 years’ experience in senior management. Helen is proficient in the design and management of communications strategies for the non-profit sector.

    A visit to missionary friends in Zambia in 2004 inspired Helen to resign from her position as Chief Operating Officer at a leading South African publicity agency to make a difference in the lives of sick children. Before joining Orbis Africa, for a decade Helen managed communications for the Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the world famous Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

  • Nazli Abrahams – Programme Director, Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement

    nazliNazli Abrahams joined the Inyathelo team in April 2005 as Inyathelo’s Senior Programme Coordinator responsible for managing the Kresge Special Initiative in South Africa. With the Kresge programme coming to a close, she moved on to manage the Advancement Training and Support Unit (ATS), and is now the Programme Director. Before joining the Inyathelo team, her focus was on curriculum design and development, and broadcast communications and training. Nazli has a keen interest in education and training and is passionate about taking the learning experience beyond the classroom.
  • Sean Jones – Managing Director, EduActive Solutions Ltd

    seanjonesSean Jones is Managing Director of EduActive Solutions Ltd in the United Kingdom (UK). A former Professor and Associate Dean at the then University of Natal, he has extensive experience in Advancement within the university and civil society sectors and has advised or evaluated the Advancement operations of more than 30 universities in Africa and the UK. He has also worked in evaluation, project development and capacity-building roles for both donors and grant-seekers in a variety of fields ranging from nursing, public health and sexual rights through to libraries and equity programmes. With a PhD in Social Anthropology, Sean has written extensively for academic and non-academic audiences and his publications include an award-winning monograph, Assaulting Childhood (Wits University Press 1993), and a co-edited volume, Striking the Rights Chord (Inyathelo 2013), which provides perspectives on Advancement from the point of view of human rights NGOs. He has worked closely with Inyathelo since its establishment.

  • Mignon Hardie – Executive Director, FunDza Literacy Trust

    mignonhardieMignon Hardie is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the FunDza Literacy Trust, a non-profit organisation that is growing new generations of readers and writers in South Africa. FunDza's innovative outreach programmes leverage the reach of mobile technology combined with the lure of top quality locally-generated content to get young people across the country excited about reading. In addition, she is a director of independent publisher Cover2Cover Books. Mignon has a BA from UCT and an MBA (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. 
  • Gustavo Rotondaro – Principal, Metrica

    gustavoMetrica's founder and principal, Gustavo Rotondaro, has extensive experience in the development, analysis and use of government and community data to help nonprofit organisations, government agencies and the philanthropic community gain a greater understanding of changing urban dynamics and social disparities. He spent 12 years at the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute at Grand Valley State University, most recently as the Director of Information Services and Community Data Initiatives, where he led the development of community information systems, mapping tools and data partnerships aimed to improve and empower individuals, organizations and communities through information and data democratization. 

    Gustavo earned his Masters of Urban Planning Design and Development and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and Geographic Information Systems certifications in MapInfo and ESRI products.