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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.

ASF Scholars Recognised

ASF Scholars Recognised for Impact on NFP Sector

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a number of ASF scholars receive awards for their work in the not-for-profit community. We wanted to take a moment to congratulate these people and acknowledge their leadership and service to the sector.

Australian of the Year – ‘Australia’s Local Hero 2015’ award
Juliette Wright, Founder and CEO of GIVIT

Westpac Community Leaders Award - Board Member Category Recipient
Cath Keenan, Executive Director at Sydney Story Factory
Click here to see Cath’s scholar profile.

Westpac Community Leaders Award - Established Leader Category Recipient
Darren Lomman, Founder and CEO of Dreamfit Foundation

Westpac Community Leaders Award - Social Entrepreneur Category Finalist
Julian O’Shea, Director of Engineers Without Borders Institute

Westpac Community Leaders Award - Established Leader Category Finalist
Juliette Wright, Founder and CEO of GIVIT

Westpac Community Leaders Award - Partnership for Purpose Category Recipient
Lincoln Hopper, Executive Leader Community Services of MS Australia - Qld

Westpac Community Leaders Award - Partnership for Purpose Category Finalist
Celia Hodson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia
Click here to see Celia’s scholar profile.

The Macquarie Group Foundation has also recently announced the global winners of its David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship (worth up to $A20000) and Australian Social Innovation Award (worth $A100000). The 2014 Australian David Clarke Fellowship was presented jointly to SYC Chief Executive Officer Paul Edginton and Beacon Foundation Chief Executive Officer Scott Harris, while The Fogarty Foundation was announced as the winner of the Macquarie Social Innovation Award.

Congratulations to all the winners of these prestigious awards!


 
Bankwest Social Media Grant Winners

Bankwest

Congratulations to the 10 Social Media Grant Winners!

ASF and the Bankwest Foundation have recently announced the winners of the inaugural Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants, each worth up to $10,000 in ongoing social media training, development and support.

We received a significant number of high calibre applications making the ten grants extremely competitive. The following not-for-profit organisations have been awarded a grant:

  • Activ Foundation Inc.
  • AWESOME Arts Australia Ltd
  • Baptistcare Inc
  • Foodbank of WA Inc
  • Parents of Children with Special Needs Inc (Kalparrin)
  • The Centre for Cerebral Palsy
  • UnitingCare West
  • Volunteer Task Force Inc.
  • Volunteering WA
  • Wagin Agricultural Society Inc. (WAS)

The grants provide a unique opportunity for these Western Australian organisations to access cutting edge social media expertise with the help of Hancock Creative, who are facilitating the social media program over the next 12 months. All of these organisations are doing incredible work in the community and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can achieve as a result of this training.

ASF, the Bankwest Foundation and Hancock Creative would like to thank all those who applied for the grants and commend their continued commitment and dedication to the NFP sector. We hope to offer this opportunity again in the future so stay tuned.

Click here to read Bankwest Foundation’s media release.


 
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