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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.

AHRI Interview with Amy Lyden

2000 NFP scholarships, and counting - Interview with ASF's CEO Amy Lyden

Amy Lyden

ASF’s CEO, Amy Lyden, was recently interviewed for an article in the Australian Human Resource Institute’s (AHRI) monthly magazine.

The AHRI’s publication, HRMonthly Magazine, presents the world's best practice in HR management, stimulates debate about current issues and provides practical solutions to workplace challenges.

The article, titled 2000 NFP scholarships, and counting, explains the need for professional development in the not-for-profit sector and the work ASF does to facilitate scholarships for NFP boards and managers to undertake training and development programs that improve their ability to lead and manage. To date, ASF have awarded over 2000 scholarships worth $4 million to NFP directors and staff.

Amy Lyden explains, “with less funding around, and increased demand for their services, operating as an NFP is more challenging than ever before. The leadership capacity [of boards and executive staff] is the key to successfully manoeuvring in this difficult environment.”

To read the full article, click here.


 
Bankwest Foundation Launch

Bankwest Foundation Launch

Bankwest Launch

W/Prof Paul Flatau, Prof Paul Johnson, Amy Lyden,
Craig Spencer, Francis Lynch, Rob De Luca, Paul Murnane

On the 4th September, the Australian Scholarships Foundation and the Bankwest Foundation came together to announce a new partnership which focuses on building capacity in leadership and governance through an extensive WA based scholarships program.

Designed for community sector leaders and directors, the $1m scholarships program addresses a critical need for professional development in governance, risk management and project management in Western Australia.

During the launch, we heard from Rob De Luca, Managing Director of Bankwest, Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement at Bankwest, Francis Lynch, CEO of Ruah Community Services and Prof Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor at UWA.

ASF’s own Amy Lyden also shared her experiences with the not-for-profit sector and discussed the huge importance of education and training to grow and sustain the sector.

Click here to find out more about the scholarship program.

Click ‘Read More’ to see photos from the launch.


 
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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)