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.
Stanford Social Innovation workshop in Sydney – Apply Now!
For the first time in Australia, leading thinkers and practitioners from the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford’s groundbreaking Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (known as the d.school) will be leading the Design Thinking for Social Innovation program in Sydney.
Hosted by Northcott Innovation and the Social Change Collective, the program focuses on how business, non-profit, government and social innovation sectors can use design thinking to create better products and services to drive innovation and create sustainable impact.
Design Thinking for Social Innovation is ideal for strategic and resourceful professionals who want to gain design thinking skills and tools for better problem-solving and solutions creation, and who strive to build innovative organisations or businesses. A limited number of scholarships will be available for non-profit executives, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people who have a disability or young people, 25 years and under.
Get in quick! Applications close 6th February, 2015. Click here to APPLY.
100% scholarships for University of Melbourne’s Specialist Certificates – Apply Now!
University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Business and Economics is providing scholarships for their Specialist Certificate in Executive Leadership and Specialist Certificate in Strategic Marketing programs for 2015. The programs, valued at $10,000 each, are designed to offer life-long learning opportunities for not-for-profit professionals to extend their business and management skills and knowledge.’
Graduates of the Specialist Certificate in Executive Leadership will develop individual capacity for leadership and enhanced ability to develop strategies for their organisations. In contrast, the Specialist Certificate in Strategic Marketing is designed to provide you with the strategic marketing capabilities that are essential for the superior performance of your marketing function and organisation. The course will also update and deepen your existing marketing strategy capabilities.
We have 1x100% scholarship available for each certificate. Don’t miss your chance to apply!
Applications close 30th January 2015. Click here to APPLY.
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.
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:
The Not-for-Profit Chairman 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
- 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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