- Brian O'Connell: Former Rector/Vice Chancellor, University of the Western Cape
“You’ve gotta give our kids self-esteem, especially those who have had a life of being dominated,” says O’Connell. “If the black universities are going to go anywhere at all, you’ve got to restore their self-esteem. And the way to do that is to make sure that every black university has at least one area in which they are the best in Africa.” Read Brian's story.
- Dr. Loyiso Nongxa: Former Vice Chancellor, Wits University
"Something that had never happened before was where employees of the university actually donated in their personal capacity,” says Dr. Nongxa. “We told them, ‘Look we have this grant from Kresge and in order to gain, let’s say, a million U.S. dollars, then we need to come up with X thousands of rands.’ And, yeah, the staff of the university gave. They gave 10 rands, 100 rands, etc.” Read Dr. Nongxa's story.
“The Kresge grant did a whole bunch of things,” says Mitchell. “Firstly, it freed the department to be able to go out and get the resources that it wanted without getting tied up in all kinds of bureaucracy. I could hire staff, I could get consultants in -- I could do all sorts of things that could build that up quite quickly.” Read Gillian's story.
- Shelagh Gastrow: Former Founder and CEO, Inyathelo
“I asked myself the question: Is there not an easier way to do things than chasing money? And I started to develop a kind of theory around what institutions and organizations need to do to attract money. So instead of chasing and fundraising, people are coming to you and saying, ‘We love what you’re doing.’ ” Read Shelagh's story.
- Peter Thuynsma: Former Director of Advancement, University of Pretoria
"The learning component in the Kresge grant was extraordinary for all of us,” Dr. Thuynsma says. “It was in response to the need. No one knew how to do advancement, you see? There are tactics. You need to know the psychology of people. You need to know the psychology of giving, why people give. All of us from secretary onwards, all of us got to learn those things.” Read Dr. Thuynsma's story.
- Nazli Abrahams: Program Director, Inyathelo
“The thing I’ve always been interested in is not just the ‘how-to,’” says Abrahams. “I want people to get to the point where they start thinking about advancement very differently, and have that thinking affect how they do things.” Read Nazli's story.