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Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs PDF Print E-mail

Strengthening NFP Boards - 320 Directors and Chairs Attend AICD Programs


Over February 320 directors have participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors and The NFP Chairman courses resulting from ASF scholarships.

Generously funded by Perpetual and the J.S. Love Trust, this is the fourth year the programs have been run and so far approximately 1200 not-for-profit directors and chairs have benefited from the interactive workshops in governance, risk awareness and sustainability for the NFP sector.

Mr Ian Davis, chair of ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, attended The Not-for-Profit Chairman course last week. He says the course, “…was very valuable. It has given me a great deal to think about in my role as chair of a not-for-profit company, ANZUP Cancer Trials Group, which also provided me with very substantial resources to improve my practice in this role. The course was pitched very appropriately and the facilitator was outstanding. I am sure that ANZUP Cancer Trials Group and the other NFPs represented on the day will be stronger and more effective as a result”.

ASF would like to thank Perpetual for their commitment to building capabilities of NFP boards and also the AICD for delivering exceptional programs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth this year.

If you missed this opportunity and are on the board of a WA-based NFP organisation, please click here for other AICD scholarships currently available to you.

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To view photos of the 2015 AICD courses, click ‘Read More’.

Successful Conflict Management Workshop Scholarships PDF Print E-mail

Successful Conflict Management Workshop Scholarships

Conflict is a normal part of workplace interactions. However, many people feel uncomfortable and ill-prepared to respond to such situations. To combat this, ASF awarded fully-funded scholarships to not-for-profit managers to attend Successful Conflict Management workshop, sponsored by Victoria University and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

SCM Workshop

The full-day workshop held in Sydney on the 13th February focused on successful conflict management for the not-for-profit sector. Its aim was to teach participants about the sources of conflict; their own conflict ‘triggers’; and practical strategies for resolving, managing and working with conflict on a daily basis.

ASF Scholarship recipient Rob Haggett, Program Manager at Good Return, says, “This course was insightful for me in a number of ways. I am now able to distinguish between healthy disagreement and conflict when I liaise with stakeholders and colleagues whilst also understanding how to harness different perspectives that people bring to a team. Specifically, I have learnt that it is important to identify and confront issues early on before they escalate and not to shy away from difficult situations. I found it particularly useful that we were given the opportunity to practice this approach in a non-judgmental learning environment. This gave me the added confidence to build and apply these learnt skills.”

Twenty not-for-profit employees attended the inaugural workshop, generously hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth. We hope to offer a similar training opportunity for other NFPs in future.

Click ‘read more’ to see more photos from the workshop.

2015 Fulbright Scholarship Winners PDF Print E-mail
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2015 Fulbright Scholarship Winners Announced

On the 19th February, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission officially announced the recipients of its 2015 Australian Scholarships during the 2015 Showcase and Presentation Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Perth.

Fulbright Dinner 2015

Pictured above: 2015 Fulbright winner Annette Stewart, US Ambassador John Berry,
ASF Chairman Paul Murnane and ASF CEO Amy Lyden

Among them, Ms Annette Stewart of Bush Heritage Australia was recognised as the recipient of this year’s Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF).

The annual Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership award is designed to provide an opportunity for a leader in the not-for-profit sector to undertake research in the United States for 3-4 months. Each individual scholarship is valued up to $40,000 for research and professional development in the U.S. The Origin Foundation has generously funded this scholarship opportunity for 2013-2017.

Annette Stewart With her Fulbright scholarship, Annette Stewart plans to work closely with the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which is an active consortium of leading conservation organisations, agencies and funders in the US. Annette aims to develop a series of case studies that will provide new insights to empower conservation

organisations around the world to achieve better protection for the world’s wildlife and landscapes. She will be well placed in her role at Bush Heritage Australia to implement these findings upon her return.

Annette holds a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie University, and a Masters of Environmental Management & Restoration from Charles Sturt University. With a background in Information Technology, Financial Services, and Conservation, she has built a broad range of skills in strategy development, business planning, systems development, and business process improvement.

Congratulations to Annette and the 2015 Fulbright Scholarship recipients!

Applications for the 2016 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership open 1st May 2105. Click here for more information.

Ci2015 Scholarship Winners PDF Print E-mail

Creative Innovation Scholarship Winners 2015

The Creative Innovation 2015 conference, an interactive two-day event covering the latest in innovation, leadership, creativity and change, is right around the corner and the Ci2015 team has just announced the winners of nine fully funded scholarships.

The Ci2015 scholarships are provided to emerging leaders to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow and help them learn from key decision makers across society and the economy. Each scholarship winner receives a full place for the entire Ci2015 event, the opportunity to present their vision for the future in the conference program and on the Ci2015 website, and a 60 second speaking spot during the main conference program.

Ci2015 winners

Congratulations to each of these deserving scholarship recipients for 2015 (pictured above):

  • Steven Farrugia, Founder of ShareTree
  • Georgina Gold, Creator of Hide and Seek: The Great Inclusion Game
  • Victoria O’Collins, Co-Founder of the Australian Science and Innovation Forum
  • Kate Quinn, Product Manager of Curtin Challenge
  • Nadine Saadi, Business Development Manager of Strategiize
  • Kate Weiss, Founder of Table of Plenty
  • Elise Bialylew, Founder of Mindful in May
  • Chris Breidahl, a Founder of MyGuru
  • Elliot Costello, CEO and Co-Founder of YGAP

If you missed out on a scholarship, there’s still time to register for the conference (ASF networks receive a special 10% conference discount)! Click here for more information.

The Australian Innovation Challenge PDF Print E-mail

The Australian Innovation Challenge

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) was selected as a finalist in The Australian Innovation Challenge, a series of awards recognising innovation purely for the public good, as well as breakthroughs with direct commercial potential.

ASF was a contender in the ‘Community Services: Health, Education and Public Services’ category, up against other great initiatives like the ‘Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course’ run by the University of Tasmania, and a health diary iPhone app for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities created by a team at University of Queensland. ASF itself has developed an online platform to manage applications for scholarships offered to workers in the not-for-profit sector. The ‘SCAMP’ platform automates many of the tasks in the awarding of scholarships, including evaluation of applications against selection criteria.

Innovation Awards

The Hon Ian MacFarlane, Minister for Industry, presented the Award

In the end, the overall category award was presented to Pepster, a system and breathing apparatus to make respiratory physiotherapy fun for children with cystic fibrosis. As category winners, Pepster were awarded a $5000 prize to continue developing the technology and commercialise it locally and globally.

ASF would like to thank all who voted for us in the Innovation Challenge, and congratulate Pepster on this great achievement!

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