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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.

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.

ASF Partnership with Bankwest Foundation

Bankwest Foundation logo

$1 million Scholarship Program for WA NFPs

ASF Welcomes the Bankwest Foundation

as its newest Supporter

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is delighted to announce that the Bankwest Foundation will fund a $1 million Scholarship Program for directors and leaders of West Australian not-for-profit organisations.

This partnership is very timely, considering “Many community organisations simply do not have the capacity to fund professional development and education for their people,” says ASF’s CEO Amy Lyden. “Yet with deepening constraints on funding, changes in the regulatory environment and the expectations from donors to not invest in “administration costs”, the need for education and training is greater than ever.”

“The Bankwest Foundation recognises this critical need. This unprecedented $1m scholarship program demonstrates the Bankwest Foundation's commitment to ensuring community organisations not only cope with the challenging environment they are facing, but thrive in it. ASF is thrilled to be partnering with the Bankwest Foundation on this important initiative,” says Amy.

These scholarships, commencing in 2014 and facilitated by Australian Scholarships Foundation, will be for education and training programs provided by ASF’s Education Partners, with more to come in the future:

Of the new partnership, Bankwest’s Head of Community Engagement, Craig Spencer says, "The Bankwest Foundation is very proud to partner with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, an organisation committed to strengthening the Community Sector by providing education opportunities”.

“When we engaged directly with the WA Community Sector, the feedback we received was that there was a critical need for professional development in governance, risk management and project management,” says Craig. “The opportunity to support the building of capacity in theses areas through a scholarship program aligns with the mission of the Bankwest Foundation to improve the well-being of Australians through significant and meaningful community initiatives. We feel proud and very fortunate to be able to support WA community organisations that in turn support those in our community most in need.”

ASF and Bankwest Foundation – building knowledge and leadership capacity in Australia’s not for profit sector

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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)