Isaac Thweatt—Director of Alumni Outreach
American University—Washington, D.C.
United States
People & Communities
Carnegie Africa

Educational Advancement training in Africa (funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York)

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is pleased to announce a further two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, running from July 2014 - June 2016.

As part of the grant, CASE will work closely with a small number of African universities under a new hub initiative, whilst continuing to provide in-person conferences and online training to universities across Africa. 

Since 2003, CASE has received about $2.0 million from the Carnegie Corporation, including this latest grant, as part of an initiative by the corporation to strengthen higher education in Africa. Specifically, the Carnegie Corporation has worked with CASE and other organizations to help universities build an infrastructure for raising funds to cope with increasing costs and declining government support.

Forthcoming training:
  • The 2015 Educational Advancement in Africa Conference will take place in Cape Town from 4 - 6 November. The three day conference programme will comprise plenaries and electives for colleagues working in Alumni Relations and Fundraising, with additional electives for Senior Directors of Development. Further details to be announced shortly.
  • Online advancement training sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation - a comprehensive programme of online training seminars which commenced in October 2012. The series of live events will re-commence in June 2015. Details to be announced shortly. Archived webinars can be accessed here. Sessions include:

    - Introduction to Advancement
    - Advancement as an integral part of university life
    - Ethics in Advancement
    - Expressing the vision
    - How to be effective working in advancement in Africa
    - Writing successful proposals / language of advancement
    - Measuring success and managing performance
    - After the Gift: Gift Agreements, Processing, Stewardship
    - Engaging your young alumni & current students
    - Working with volunteers and volunteer boards
    - Preparing an alumni relations plan
    - Recruiting and retaining Advancement staff 

    For further information on CASE advancement programmes in Africa, please contact Heidi Bloomfield on


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