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The Australian Scholarships Foundation – ASF - is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not for profit (NFP) directors and staff to undertake education, training  and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

ASF is the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Fund of AusSchol Incorporated, an Australian registered charity, ABN 83 420 919 581.

ASF works with a number of Education Partners and Supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include post graduate university diploma, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialized mentoring services. Disciplines covered include leadership, finance, accounting and risk management, board governance, strategic planning, project management, marketing and social networking. 

ASF does not provide any education and training programs in its own right, although it commissions education providers and private companies to deliver specific programs that meet NFP needs.

Full details, application forms and terms and conditions of current scholarships can be viewed at Current Scholarships Available in “Scholarships” & “FAQs”.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

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2016 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership - APPLY NOW

Sponsored by The Origin Foundation & Supported by ASF

The Fulbright Commission, The Origin Foundation and ASF are pleased to offer the 2016 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership for a fourth year running. After the superb quality of last year's applicant pool, the Fulbright Commission are looking forward to awarding the 2016 scholarship to yet another deserving candidate in the NFP sector.

ASF Fulbright

The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership is valued at up to $40,000 and provides an exceptional opportunity for personal, professional, and broader impact through research, experiential learning or management training at an approved U.S. institution or charitable organisation.

The successful applicant will delve into research or personal development that addresses contemporary issues of relevance, innovation, knowledge development, impact on policy and practice in the NFP sector.

Innovative applications which are able to articulate key issues that have the potential to lead to ongoing collaborative partnerships, develop skills and capabilities of the person and the NFP Sector, and which lead to a stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States will be highly regarded.

This scholarship attracts candidates of an extremely high calibre. Take some time to read about the inaugural scholarship recipients Tessa Boyd-Caine and Andrew Tyndale (2013), the 2014 recipient, Karen Hart, and the 2015 recipient Annette Stewart before applying.

Discover how Fulbright can help you find a platform for your research on the Global Stage - apply for a Fulbright Scholarship today!

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Saturday 1st August 2015. GET IN QUICK!


 
Learning for Purpose Report

Learning for Purpose: a Milestone for the Australian NFP Sector and its Workforce

Learning for Purpose

The Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is proud to announce the launch of a new report: Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector.

The report has been prepared by the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and summarises what has been a three-year collaborative research effort with the Origin Foundation and ASF.

It contains ground-breaking research on the social return on education and training in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector, and demonstrates that the success and sustainability of the Australian NFP sector hinges substantially on its people. It presents seven key findings which show that developing NFP employees and volunteers has multiple positive effects for the individuals, the organisations, and the purposes they serve. Learning for Purpose also reveals that training can improve an employee’s role clarity, job knowledge, and self-confidence, and lead to better decisions and leadership behaviours, reduced costs, more funding, better services and beneficiary well-being.

Lead researcher, Dr Ramon Wenzel from UWA said: “For the first time we can demonstrate on the basis of research that professional development really works for the Australian Not-for-Profit sector. It’s not about making NFP employees and volunteers work harder, but smarter.”

Learning for Purpose calls upon funders, the public, government and even NFP leaders and organisations themselves to see professional development as an important investment rather than an overhead.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT


 
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600,000 NFP organisations contributes nearly 5% to GDP -$41b annually employs nearly 900,000 people attracts 4.6m volunteers
(source: ABS 2006-07 and Productivity Commission 2010)