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Bankwest Foundation Launch

Bankwest Launch

W/Prof Paul Flatau, Prof Paul Johnson, Amy Lyden,
Craig Spencer, Francis Lynch, Rob De Luca, Paul Murnane

On the 4th September, the Australian Scholarships Foundation and the Bankwest Foundation came together to announce a new partnership which focuses on building capacity in leadership and governance through an extensive WA based scholarships program.

Designed for community sector leaders and directors, the $1m scholarships program addresses a critical need for professional development in governance, risk management and project management in Western Australia.

During the launch, we heard from Rob De Luca, Managing Director of Bankwest, Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement at Bankwest, Francis Lynch, CEO of Ruah Community Services and Prof Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor at UWA.

ASF’s own Amy Lyden also shared her experiences with the not-for-profit sector and discussed the huge importance of education and training to grow and sustain the sector.

Click here to find out more about the scholarship program.

Click ‘Read More’ to see photos from the launch.

ASF Partnership with Bankwest Foundation PDF Print E-mail

Bankwest Foundation logo

$1 million Scholarship Program for WA NFPs

ASF Welcomes the Bankwest Foundation

as its newest Supporter

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is delighted to announce that the Bankwest Foundation will fund a $1 million Scholarship Program for directors and leaders of West Australian not-for-profit organisations.

This partnership is very timely, considering “Many community organisations simply do not have the capacity to fund professional development and education for their people,” says ASF’s CEO Amy Lyden. “Yet with deepening constraints on funding, changes in the regulatory environment and the expectations from donors to not invest in “administration costs”, the need for education and training is greater than ever.”

“The Bankwest Foundation recognises this critical need. This unprecedented $1m scholarship program demonstrates the Bankwest Foundation's commitment to ensuring community organisations not only cope with the challenging environment they are facing, but thrive in it. ASF is thrilled to be partnering with the Bankwest Foundation on this important initiative,” says Amy.

These scholarships, commencing in 2014 and facilitated by Australian Scholarships Foundation, will be for education and training programs provided by ASF’s Education Partners, with more to come in the future:

Of the new partnership, Bankwest’s Head of Community Engagement, Craig Spencer says, "The Bankwest Foundation is very proud to partner with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, an organisation committed to strengthening the Community Sector by providing education opportunities”.

“When we engaged directly with the WA Community Sector, the feedback we received was that there was a critical need for professional development in governance, risk management and project management,” says Craig. “The opportunity to support the building of capacity in theses areas through a scholarship program aligns with the mission of the Bankwest Foundation to improve the well-being of Australians through significant and meaningful community initiatives. We feel proud and very fortunate to be able to support WA community organisations that in turn support those in our community most in need.”

ASF and Bankwest Foundation – building knowledge and leadership capacity in Australia’s not for profit sector

PhD Opportunity in Australia - 2015 PDF Print E-mail

New PhD Opportunity in Australia - 2015


The University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School, together with the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), is seeking a top quality postgraduate student (international or domestic) from the not-for-profit community to undertake a Doctorate by Research (PhD) starting in early 2015.

This is a wonderful opportunity to further the groundbreaking research by UWA, CSI and ASF on the impact of both formal and informal work learning on the governance, leadership, and management capacity of not-for-profit organisations.

The postgraduate position provides the opportunity to develop the intellectual and technical expertise required for a career relating to organisational behaviour, learning and development, and human resource management.

Click here to find out more about this incredible opportunity!

Applications close 29th August, 2014 for international candidates and 31st October, 2014 domestic candidates.

AICD Interview with Amy Lyden PDF Print E-mail

Strengthening Not-for-Profits - Interview with ASF's CEO Amy Lyden

Amy Lyden
ASF have been featured in the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ latest eXPRESSO magazine. In the interview, ASF’s own CEO Amy Lyden, a specialist in online businesses and communities, was asked to share her experiences with the not-for-profit sector.

Amy sheds some light on the challenges and successes ASF has faced as an organisation, as well as its innovative IT platform which allows ASF to efficiently achieve its mission of strengthening the not-for-profit sector through education and training.

Click here to watch the interview.

Click here to read the article in eXPRESSO magazine.

Tessa and Andrew - Fulbright Blog PDF Print E-mail

Tessa Boyd-Caine and Andrew Tyndale: On Location in the US

In 2013, ASF had the privilege of awarding a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership to Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine of ACOSS and Mr Andrew Tyndale of Grace Mutual. Tessa and Andrew were the inaugural winners of the prestigious scholarship, which has continued to run in 2014 and 2015.

With their scholarships, Tessa and Andrew have travelled to New York City and Washington DC to research issues around how non-profit organisations can strengthen and lead the trust and confidence in which this sector is held. They aim to identify processes in the US that could be adapted to better support the Australian NFP sector.

Tessa Boyd-Caine

During her four-month stint in the US, Tessa will be sharing her experiences in blog form via Probono Australia’s website. This week she explored how American charities engage in transparency and accountability, and how Australian charities can utilise these techniques.

Click here to read about Tessa’s experiences.

Andrew Tyndale Andrew has started his own blog where he will be sharing his own personal experiences in the US, the sights he sees and the people he meets along the way. Andrew intends to develop ways to attract commercial funding (primarily pension savings funds) into this sector during his time at The Milken Institute.

Click here to read about Andrew's experiences.

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