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Social Media Grants for Not-for-Profits in WA – Apply Now!

The Bankwest Foundation has recently announced a unique, new scholarship opportunity for not-for-profit organisations looking to develop their social media strategy for long-term impact. Right now there are 10x $10,000 SOCIAL MEDIA GRANTS available for charitable not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia.

These grants are a unique opportunity for NFP organisations to participate in ongoing social media training, development and support with the added aim of attracting and retaining a strong volunteer workforce.

The program will run for a 12 month period, with the intention that all grant recipients will continue to build on their social media strategy once the training has come to an end.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Applications close 11th January, 2015. Click here to APPLY.


 
SRET Impact Study PDF Print E-mail

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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.


 
AICD 2014 Applications PDF Print E-mail

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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:

  • 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
The Not-for-Profit Chairman course will be held in the following locations and dates:
  • 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



 
Origin Foundation Award PDF Print E-mail

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Origin Foundation Recognised as 2014 B/HERT Award Winner

The Origin Foundation, one of ASF’s partners, has recently been recognised for its philanthropic support of higher education in Australia. The foundation was presented with the 2014 ‘Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education’ award by the Business / Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT).

The award recognises the Origin Foundation’s support of and funding towards the scaling of the Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools program implemented by the Queensland University of Technology. Developed in 2009, the program addresses the significant social issue of educational disadvantage through a teacher education program that focuses on the preparation of high-quality teacher graduates. With the support of the Origin Foundation, the program now operates on a national scale, with the University of Newcastle and the University of New England also joining in the cause.

This prestigious award is one of many handed out by the Business / Higher Education Round Table each year, highlighting the work of many incredible education providers and organisations. Previous winners of the ‘Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education’ award have included the Graham and Louise Tuckwell Foundation for their $50 million gift to the Australian National University.


 
ACU Panel Events 2014 PDF Print E-mail

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.

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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

 
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