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Wits offers first of its kind diploma in African Philanthropy

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Wits Business School has created the first of its kind, African Philanthropy diploma course for students and professionals with a strong interest in philanthropy and fundraising. Picture: Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)

Published Mar 8, 2021

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Students and professionals with a strong interest in philanthropy and fund-raising can now apply to study for a prestigious specialist qualification, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the field of African Philanthropy and Resource Mobilisation.

The course is the first academic qualification of its kind in Africa and is offered by the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (Capsi) at Wits Business School.

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According to the university, its inception follows years of planning and collaboration by Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, to professionalise this sector with the support of the organisation’s funders and partners.

The course is said to provide students with an opportunity to develop critical thinking and leadership skills, as well as core competencies as managers in the philanthropy and non-profit sectors.

The diploma provides a comprehensive overview of the complex world of grant-making and grant seeking. It allows students to understand the thinking that shapes resource mobilisation and donor decision-making. It also suits those leaning more towards academia and research, as they can continue their studies to doctoral level at Capsi.

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The course is one year of full-time study, with six core courses and a choice of three electives.

The topics include organising and managing resource mobilisation; measuring and reporting performance for not-for-profit organisations (NPOs); marketing and communications; working with communities and ethical leadership.

Candidates also have an option of three electives to choose from: philanthropy and fund-raising in African educational institutions; philanthropic foundations; and philanthropy and public policy and innovations in philanthropy.

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The deadline for course applications is May 3.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (NQF 7).
  • Non-degreed individuals with working experience will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • The cost is R84 000. The course starts in June this year.

Suitable diploma candidates would currently hold positions such as senior education officers; officials of advancement units at higher education institutions; non-profit sector managers; grant-makers; fund-raisers; development practitioners; public policy officials; community foundation managers; corporate social investment/responsibility managers; and consultants.

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