Past Initiatives

Advancement Certificate Course

Inyathelo, in partnership with the Rhodes University Business School, hosted an accredited short course on Advancement and Resource Mobilisation . The certificate course was aimed at professionals in the field of Advancement and comprised a high-level look at the theory and substance of the principles involved in advancing the causes of academic practice and community service programmes. The course aimed to combine a broad understanding of business concepts with practical Advancement applications as well as enable the immediate transfer of learning to the participant’s work environment.

The course was administered over six days and covered key aspects of Advancement, including ethics, relationship management, governance, the fundraising cycle, leadership, strategy and planning, to mention a few. South African case studies and experiences from professionals in the field also formed part of the course.

Kresge Advancement Initiatives

The Kresge Advancement Initiative , funded by the Kresge Foundation, focused on efforts to address the capacity gap in higher education institutions with regard to appropriate knowledge and strategies to secure their own sustainability. This includes facilitating an in-depth understanding of the donor world, highlighting the critical role of institutional leadership in building supporter relations, and underscoring the need for strategic coherence of institutional structures to secure long-term sustainability and donor support.

In addition, the initiative facilitated the adoption of professional and ethical standards and practices that serve to hold the institution to account in terms of its resourcing strategies, as well as its financial management of donor resources. The Kresge Advancement Initiative was designed and implemented specifically to address the funding gap created by limited government subsidies for higher education. The programme was aimed at assisting universities in their efforts to devise more comprehensive income-generating strategies and to build strategic relationships with potential new donors.

Atlantic Advancement Initiative

Inyathelo worked in partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies since 2007 to establish self-sustaining Advancement, development and fundraising operations for a group of human rights organisations as well as five non-profits that work to promote access to justice for the rural poor in South Africa.

The first capacity development programme ran from 2007 to 2010 and assisted in strengthening the financial sustainability of human rights organisations including the Black Sash; the Legal Resources Centre;; the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute; and the Transkei Land Services Organisation.

You can buy a copy of 'Striking the Rights Chord - an anthology of perspectives on Advancement for Human Rights Organisations in South Africa' from Inyathelo's online book shop.

Advancement Academy

The annual Inyathelo Advancement Academy offered practitioners from around the country and across the continent a two-day focused, consolidated skills development and peer-learning opportunity. Packed with a combination of masterclasses, presentations from international and local experts, group discussions and one-on-one specialist advice, the Advancement Academy programme allowed participants to focus their own learning and tailor the experience to their specific needs.

Content was shared on leadership and strategies for attracting support, the various approaches to monitoring and evaluation, international perspectives on individual giving, data management and techniques for building sustainable relationships. The event brought to light some of the challenges of growth, innovation and reinvention faced by organisations when encountering changes in the internal and external environment.

Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards

Through the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, more than 80 outstanding individuals, families and organisations that have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others were lauded at an annual gala event. Their interventions and tireless efforts have made an incredible difference to the people whose lives they have touched, in sectors spanning health and education to youth upliftment and social justice. Without them, South Africa would be poorer, not only in financial terms but also in wisdom, inspiration and passion. Some of the recipients of the Awards have been globally recognised personalities such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mrs Nomalizo Leah Tutu.

In the first year (2007) eight awards were issued, covering different areas of need and interest. They spanned philanthropy in health, community, women, youth, family, the arts and lifetime philanthropy. With time, new categories were added such as awards for exceptional philanthropy, international philanthropy and social justice. Awardees ranged from youngsters still attending school, to learned academics and business magnates whose careers spanned decades of achievement. They were chosen annually by a panel of independent judges, following nominations from peers, representatives of the sectors that they have influenced, and the NPOs and other organisations that they have supported.