The 2014 Advancement Academy for HEIs and NPOs welcomed new and seasoned Advancement practitioners working in the non-profit sector and in higher education institutions for two days of Advancement and fundraising learning.
The Academy offered 2 full days of starterclasses, masterclasses and concurrent sessions for focussed learning through presentations from local and international experience, with shared learnings across both the non-profit and higher education sectors. We offered “Take a Seat” sessions during the course of the 2 days for one-to-one advice on particular challenges faced by organisations and institutions in any area of Advancement work. Specialist practitioners were available to engage with participants providing them with specific support. The Red Zebra Foundation also brought a creative element to the Academy by bringing together the learnings of Day 1 in their Insights through Rhythm: Creative Processing and Connection through the Performing Arts offering. Learnings and articles based on the content will continue to be shared on the ASK portal.
There were 112 participants registered for the event. This number included a combination of 19 local and international speakers, participants from the Kresge-Inyathelo Advancement Initiative and Atlantic Advancement Initiative, and delegates from non-profit organisations and higher education institutions across South Africa.
Available at the Advancement Academy was access to Inyathelo’s resources which could be ordered or purchased on site. Some lucky participants also received hampers and subscriptions to the FundingFinder – Inyathelo’s online donor directory.
International speakers included: Gustavo Rotondaro – from The Dorothy A. Johnson Centre for Philanthropy (JCP), USA; an academic centre focused on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the charitable sector; and Pippa Carte, from Pippa Carte Consulting, UK; a consultancy supporting dramatic arts organisations in securing funding. A special thanks also goes to our guest speakers from the Rhodes University Business School – Professors Noel Pearse and Owen Skae. Thanks to all who shared their expertise and experience so generously.
The two day large learning event ended with a panel discussion hosted by James Taylor (Associate of the CDRA), Shelagh Gastrow (Executive Director of Inyathelo) and Pippa Carte (of Pippa Carte Consulting, UK). The discussion gave three perspectives on the importance of staying relevant as organisations and institutions, while pushing the boundaries and leaping into the future. The discussion also brought to light some of the challenges of growth, innovation and reinvention faced by organisations when encountering changes in the internal and external environment.
Many thanks to Inyathelo’s local and international donors who fund our work and contribute to Inyathelo’s mission to build a vibrant democracy in South Africa with a robust and sustainable civil society and higher education sector.
For more information on the 2014 Advancement Academy speakers and programme: http://www.inyathelo.org.za/advancementacademy2014.html