Makerere University Endowment Fund on August 2, 2022 launched the MakAdvance System at the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.
The system aims at not only automating and streamlining efforts by the University to raise funds towards different purposes and causes, but also building a digital and interactive alumni database.
The event was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Endowment Fund, Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba, the Chairperson of the Board of the Makerere University Endowment Fund, Prof. Margaret J. Kigozi and many other people from the university administration.
The university intends to engage its many alumni and members of the extended Makerere community to give back to their alma mater and participate in building Makerere for the next hundred years as it celebrates its first centennial anniversary.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Nawangwe highlighted that one of the causes that will be supported by the MakAdvance system is the scholarship scheme.
“We are introducing scholarships for minorities in Uganda. We have some groups in Uganda where none of the members has ever accessed university education,” he said.
The scholarship program will benefit from the resource envelope which will have been mobilised through this new system.
He also emphasised that the activities of the Makerere University Endowment Fund were not new, having their origin in the 1930s when a group of former Makerere teachers living in Britain decided to set up the fund for Makerere University.
With real-time updates on events and projects going on at the University, the MakAdvance system has been purposed to improve the relaying of information to stakeholders and consequently the mobilisation of the requisite resources for ongoing projects in the university.
Prof. Umar Kakumba intimated on the necessity and importance of the endowment fund.
“All higher institutions worth their names across the globe heavily thrive on endowments. So this is an opportunity for Makerere to redeem its endowment and I am confident that the MakAdvance system will play a vital role,” he said.
Dr. Margaret Kigozi appealed to all alumni to participate in this endeavour.
She intimated that this was an opportunity for them all to give back to the university that has impacted their lives.
“Your endowment fund is moving, let your former classmates know about this, if your name is not in the database, let us know,” she added.
The system is going to cover the alumni and stakeholder management and profiling by managing the information through registering the alumni, enrolling different alumni chapters, allowing different alumni societies to register and listing a full alumni directory.
As of this moment, information of over 300,000 alumni has been obtained.
With regards to donations to the university from the alumni and public at large, it will also cover Payment Management and Donor Ranking.
The former option provides convenient payment options for soliciting donations towards the different causes in the university whereas the latter recognizes donors in different categories based on the amounts they donate.
It will also be useful in organising the activities taking place at Makerere through its Cause Management option which will distinguish between those that are time sensitive and those that are long term.
The Events and Webinar Management option will also facilitate these efforts.
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Communications of the MakAdvance system will be coordinated by the Dashboard, Social Media Management and Fund Profiling options which will enable the administration of information in the system and the generation of reports on the ongoing activities.
Finally, it will also provide access to the university Souvenir and Gift shop which has a number of memorabilia and University branded materials for sale to students, alumni and the general public.
The Souvenir and Gift Shop has both an E-commerce and online presence and a physical address which is the ground floor of the Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.