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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.

SRET Impact Study

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Major Study Shows More Investment Needed in NFP Training

Over the past few years ASF has worked collaboratively with the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School and the Origin Foundation to investigate the role of training and development in enhancing the capacity of NFP organisations to create social change. We are now two thirds of the way through the impact study, which so far indicates that targeted training of NFP employees results in organisations becoming more effective as a result of enhanced staff capacity.

The study also indicates only 58 per cent of NFP sector employees undertook professional development this year. This chronic problem is partially due to the mindset that professional development and training for NFPs is an “overhead not an investment”. However it’s becoming clear that investment in NFP training is a fundamental part of the sector’s sustainability, growth and societal impact.

To discuss the report’s findings, ASF and the Origin Foundation hosted a workshop in Sydney on the 28th November. Attended by funders, NFP leaders and peak bodies, and our research partners, the event provided good forum to present the preliminary findings and examine some of the challenges faced by the sector.  The importance of this research for the NFP sector was recognised recently when we were successful in securing an ARC linkage grant to extend our research into 2017.

Click here to read the media release.

Click here to read Probono Australia’s article.

Click here to read the preliminary research report.

AICD 2014 Applications

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Attn: AICD Scholarship Applicants

ASF will soon award 320 scholarships to the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ upcoming short courses, designed specifically for board directors and chairs of charitable NFP organisations.

The scholarships, generously funded by Perpetual (in partnership with the JS Love Trust), offer successful applicants a chance to attend the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course or the Not-for-Profit Chairman course in 2015.

This year, ASF received over 800 scholarship applications from NFP directors and chairs looking to develop a deeper knowledge of the responsibilities of directorship, financial governance and performance issues relating to NFP organisations.

Thank you to everyone who applied. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Tuesday, 16 December 2014 via email.

The Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course will be held in the following locations and dates:

  • Sydney - 10th February OR 18th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Melbourne - 10th February OR 18th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Brisbane - 24th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Adelaide - 24th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Perth - 25th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
The Not-for-Profit Chairman course will be held in the following locations and dates:
  • Sydney - 11th February OR 19th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Melbourne - 11th February OR 19th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Brisbane - 25th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Perth - 26th February 2015, 8:30am - 5pm

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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)