INYATHELO, the South African Institute for Advancement, has been awarded a grant of R11.1 million for the KresgeInyathelo Advancement Initiative. The funding will be used to strengthen the fundraising capacity of South African universities and encourage private philanthropy The Kresge Foundation is a US philanthropic private foundation that has funded Inyathelo to build South African institutional capacity The grant comes from the Kresge's secondary education programme, which helps increase US and South African postsecondary education attainment to advance social mobility, address economic inequality and strengthen urban communities. Inyathelo executive director Jessica ReesJones said: "We are thrilled to accept this grant as it could not come at a more appropriate time, with unprecedented pressures on education. "The grant aims to achieve this education programme by strengthening the private giving and fundraising capacity of South African universities, so that they can better serve their country and their students," she said. The goals of the programme are to develop and extend the pool of institutional advancement of professionals in South Africa, to strengthen and increase support for South Africa's capacity in fundraising of selected institutions, to build philanthropic capacity and, particularly, a spirit of individual giving in South Africa. The initiative provides technical assistance, workshops, training, international exchange and coaching to four universities in South Africa the University of Free State, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg and Durban University of Technology to improve their advancement and capacity, plus an annual advancement conference open to the entire higher education sector. "A quality education is the gateway to accessing the essential things of modern life: employment and financial stability, mobility, knowhow and bankable skills, which are increasingly important to universities' strategies for sustainability, and will become more so in the future," said ReesJones.