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Fall courses
Among some of our Continuing Education courses beginning soon:
Instructor: Michael Evers
November 14th, 12-2pm
Instructor: Liz Ngonzi
November 21st from 12-2pm
Instructors: William Josephson
 and Naomi Levine
Starts November 7th
Instructor: Liz Ngonzi
Starts November 2nd
Instructor: Marcia Stepanek
Starts November 12th
Instructor: Richard Brown
Starts November 12th

Faculty Commentary

Africa 2.0:
Johannesburg Notebook

By Liz Ngonzi
Heyman Center Faculty
Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa! My two weeks here this month have been filled with great opportunities to connect with leaders shaping the African continent's entrepreneurial future; protecting its most vulnerable people and wildlife, and preparing its young people to become well-rounded and ethical future leaders.
While most people see the African continent as one of lost hope, the experiences I've had during this trip in my continent of origin (I'm originally from Uganda), along with research I've read, reinforce my belief that Africa is experiencing a great renaissance filled with terrific promise.
The first one of those experiences was a conference hosted by the 10th Biennial Convention of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising, where I shared the latest online and mobile fundraising trends and strategies. One trend I shared was the 2011 Kenyans4Kenya initiative, which raised $2.3 million over three months that year via mobile technologies to help victims of local drought and famine. I also shared how 240,000 Kenyans raised $1 million in one week using their cellphones using the M-PESA platform. It was a fundraising drive that dramatically demonstrated the increased ability that mobile technology makes possible to catalyze fundraising among people previously thought only to be aid recipients. 
I also had the privilege of keynoting the inaugural Southern Africa Fundraising Awards, which honored South African organizations and individuals for their leadership, including: the Kafue Gospel & Community Development Organization in Zambia, for producing a big idea with a small budget; the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation in South Africa, for developing an innovative fundraising campaign, and the OASIS Organization, for social enterprise. Louise Driver the CEO of Children's Hospital Trust in South Africa, was named Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year, and Kathryn Torres of Shine Centre was named Volunteer of the Year. Hearing all of their stories of accomplishment amid the global economic meltdown that impacted South Africa significantly was proof that no matter how bad things may get, there will always be those who find ways to do more with less and create innovation out of challenge.
Another highlight of my trip was my time spent as an Expert in Residence at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. Its goal is to develop the next generation of African leaders by providing them with an exceptional education, "preparing them for life on an ever-changing global stage." ALA's two-year intensive, pre-university program goes beyond traditional curricula by incorporating courses of entrepreneurial leadership and African studies, producing students accepted into the top universities worldwide and catalyzing more than 15 student-funded enterprises now thriving in 10 countries across Africa. I spoke to some of this year's students about how to curate their digital brands for career excellence. 
I look forward to further sharing their stories at the Heyman Center as an inspiration to all!
 Comment? Please send Liz an email. 
Liz Ngonzi teaches in the Heyman Center's noncredit program and is a recognized authority on branding and partnership development in the United States and Africa. She consults nonprofit organizations, advises entrepreneurs, and speaks internationally at sector conferences. This fall, she is teaching online and mobile fundraising and digital branding in the noncredit program. In the spring, she will again co-teach digital strategy in the noncredit program with instructor Marcia Stepanek. 

Call for Papers

PhilanthropyNYU is inviting students, faculty and members of the philanthropic community to submit articles for the Winter 2013 edition. The student-run journal is seeking articles, commentaries and interviews pertaining to the educational sector, with a focus on the importance of philanthropy in furthering the missions of educational organizations and institutions. 

All submissions for the Winter issue are due by November 1st and must be original writing, demonstrating critical thinking and inspiring further dialogue in the philanthropic community.

Please contact Editor-in-Chief Ann Paisley Chandler or faculty advisor Ruthellen Rubin at philanthropynyu@gmail.com to receive Submission Guidelines.


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
(New York City)

Human Rights Watch
(New York City)

New York University
(Shanghai, China)

Prudential Financial Inc.
(Newark, NJ)

The Surdna Foundation
(New York City)


"Most farmers in Kenya that have mobile phones, about 73 percent of them, can now get real-time market price information and connect with other farmers to jointly market their crops in greater volumes. This is simple text-messaging and farmers are more than doubling their income this way. Many Kenyan farmers are no longer too small to matter." 
Jamila Abass, CEO of MFarm, which uses mobile technology to help Kenyan farmers, and one of the PopTech Fellows attending this week's annual PopTech conference 

The next Faculty Planning Committee meeting for the Heyman Center's Women's Philanthropy Summit in April will be held on Monday, October 28th, at 10:30a in Room 336 at the SCPS Building at 7 East 12th Street.
Sponsorship, Program, Logistics, and Volunteer Committee Chairs will be named and programming will be discussed in greater detail, along with sponsorship opportunities.
For more information about this or future Summit meetings, please contact Summit Chair Marcia Stepanek or Administrative Coordinator Lauren Durling.

Richard Brown delivered the keynote address at an October 7th retreat in Saratoga Springs for Rescue Mission, a 125-year-old social service agency serving the homeless in upstate New York. Rich's themes were Building Relationships and the Joy of Philanthropy.

Marcia Stepanek teamed up with USA Today's Talking Tech reporter Jefferson Graham on Wednesday to deliver a cause video workshop for 45 undergraduate business students at the Stern School, who are kicking off a campus fundraising campaign coordinated with DoSomething.org to help young people cope with cancer.
Tom Watson spoke about employee engagement and digital culture at an October 10th panel hosted by America's Charities and the Fairfax, Va., County Chamber of Commerce.

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