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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Aug. 19, 2014

CASE Receives Carnegie Corporation Grant to Provide Fundraising Training for African Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has received a two-year, US$450,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, continuing its decade-long partnership to provide resources and training in fundraising and alumni development to universities in Africa.

Since 2003, CASE has received about US$2 million from Carnegie Corporation, including this latest grant, as part of an initiative to strengthen higher education in Africa. Specifically, 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.

CASE has been working with universities in East and West Africa for the past ten years. Building on the success of early workshops with vice-chancellors, this has included a series of nine annual practitioner-level conferences held variously in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa; two conferences for vice-chancellors and two conferences for university bursars; as well as more in-depth engagement with individual universities that were then being supported by Carnegie Corporation grants.

Building on achievements to date, CASE will use the new grant to implement an intensive training opportunity for a small number of African universities across East, West and Southern Africa. This group of selected universities will form nine "Advancement Hubs"—positioned to champion advancement within their countries and regions, whilst receiving continued support and expertise to assist their wider strategies to attract higher philanthropic support. These institutions will be either partnered directly by the Carnegie Corporation or participating in one of its supported networks, and must have already demonstrated serious investment, commitment or potential to implement advancement in their institutions.

"The global CASE community of volunteers, practitioners and staff have been welcoming the proliferation of inspired advancement leadership in Africa," says Amir Pasic, vice president of international operations for CASE. "CASE is honored to continue its partnership with Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the contributions of advancement to African higher education."

Some highlights of the new grant program include:

  • Each African hub university will be assigned a mentor—an existing CASE expert practitioner based in Africa or internationally—whose primary role will be to work with a key member of the advancement staff at that university. Together mentors and mentees will work on an action plan that will involve the implementation or expansion of at least one new system or process in the advancement function at the institution. Additionally a CASE on Campus workshop will be run by mentors at each hub institution. CASE on Campus is ideal for providing content-specific training for up to 25 staff, tailored to the unique needs of the institution and intended to engage academic leaders.
  • CASE will use its extensive connections to provide hub institutions with the chance to connect via Skype and email with a sister institution, either in Africa or internationally.
  • CASE is seeking to embed benchmarking practices in African universities and would look to involve hub institutions in commencing this practice.
  • CASE will continue to deliver its annual Educational Advancement in Africa conferences, hosting in Uganda (2014) and South Africa (2015).

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