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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.

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs

AICD

Over February 320 directors have participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors and The NFP Chairman courses resulting from ASF scholarships.

Generously funded by Perpetual and the J.S. Love Trust, this is the fourth year the programs have been run and so far approximately 1200 not-for-profit directors and chairs have benefited from the interactive workshops in governance, risk awareness and sustainability for the NFP sector.

Mr Ian Davis, chair of ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, attended The Not-for-Profit Chairman course last week. He says the course, “…was very valuable. It has given me a great deal to think about in my role as chair of a not-for-profit company, ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, which also provided me with very substantial resources to improve my practice in this role. The course was pitched very appropriately and the facilitator was outstanding. I am sure that ANZUP Cancer Trials Group and the other NFPs represented on the day will be stronger and more effective as a result”.

ASF would like to thank Perpetual for their commitment to building capabilities of NFP boards and also the AICD for delivering exceptional programs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth this year.

If you missed this opportunity and are on the board of a WA-based NFP organisation, please click here for other AICD scholarships currently available to you.

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To view photos of the 2015 AICD courses, click ‘Read More’.


 
Successful Conflict Management Workshop Scholarships

Successful Conflict Management Workshop Scholarships

Conflict is a normal part of workplace interactions. However, many people feel uncomfortable and ill-prepared to respond to such situations. To combat this, ASF awarded fully-funded scholarships to not-for-profit managers to attend Successful Conflict Management workshop, sponsored by Victoria University and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

SCM Workshop

The full-day workshop held in Sydney on the 13th February focused on successful conflict management for the not-for-profit sector. Its aim was to teach participants about the sources of conflict; their own conflict ‘triggers’; and practical strategies for resolving, managing and working with conflict on a daily basis.

ASF Scholarship recipient Rob Haggett, Program Manager at Good Return, says, “This course was insightful for me in a number of ways. I am now able to distinguish between healthy disagreement and conflict when I liaise with stakeholders and colleagues whilst also understanding how to harness different perspectives that people bring to a team. Specifically, I have learnt that it is important to identify and confront issues early on before they escalate and not to shy away from difficult situations. I found it particularly useful that we were given the opportunity to practice this approach in a non-judgmental learning environment. This gave me the added confidence to build and apply these learnt skills.”

Twenty not-for-profit employees attended the inaugural workshop, generously hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth. We hope to offer a similar training opportunity for other NFPs in future.

Click ‘read more’ to see more photos from the workshop.


 
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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)