INYATHELO, the South African Institute for Advancement, has received an R11.1 million grant from a private US philanthropic foundation for its work in assisting tertiary institutions to improve their fundraising capacity Inyathelo has collaborated with the Kresge Foundation since 2005 and formed the KresgeInyathelo Advancement Initiative Kiai which works to eliminate economic inequality through improved education. With the money, Kiai will be able to continue to provide technical assistance, workshops, training, international exchanges and coaching to four SA universities to improve their advancement capacity, said Inyathelo executive director Jessica ReesJones. "We're thrilled, this grant could not come at a more appropriate time, with unprecedented pressures on education," said ReesJones. She said the aim of the grant was to strengthen the "private giving and fundraising capacity of South African universities so they can better serve the country and their students". "The programme has three key goals: to develop and expand the pool of institutional advancement professionals; to strengthen and support efforts to increase the fundraising capacity of selected institutions and develop local institutional advancement models for others to emulate; and to build philanthropy, particularly individual giving, in South Africa."