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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.

ACU Panel Events 2014

Big Issues of the Not-for-Profit Sector

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) recently hosted a series of free panel events for not-for-profit organisations to discuss some of the big challenges of the sector. Held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the events aimed to provide real insight on issues such as the management of volunteers, NFP governance, fundraising and financial pressures.

ACU Event

Speakers at the Sydney event: Brian Doolan, CEO – Fred Hollows Foundation; Amy Lyden, CEO ASF; Rosie Stilin, ED, People Learning & Culture – Benevolent Society; David Rosenbaum - Principal, Optimum NFP

We heard from a wide variety of industry leaders who shared their personal and organisational experiences, along with their tried-and-tested solutions for many of these challenges. ASF scholarship recipients Blake Sinclair and Ben Weber also spoke about the programs they are undertaking with ACU and the benefit this training is having on their respective roles in the NFP sector.

ACU event 2

David Spencer, Executive Dean – Faculty of Law and Business ACU; David Rowlinson, Marketing and Business Development Manager | ACU executive education; Brian Doolan, CEO – Fred Hollows Foundation; Amy Lyden, CEO ASF; Rosie Stilin, ED, People Learning & Culture – Benevolent Society; David Rosenbaum - Principal, Optimum NFP; Jenny Sellier, Administration & Marketing Officer – ACU; Anita Hancock – ACU; Blake Sinclair, National Operations Director - AIME

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.

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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)