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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.

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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

AHRI Interview with Amy Lyden PDF Print E-mail

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.

ASF in The Big Issue PDF Print E-mail

ASF in The Big Issue

ASF was recently featured in The Big Issue’s latest edition by our partner the Origin Foundation.

The Big Issue is a fortnightly magazine sold by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people on the streets of Australia’s major cities. It serves to provide its vendors with an income and publishes informative and entertaining articles on a huge variety of subjects.

In last fortnight’s issue, ASF was featured as one of the Origin Foundation’s partners. We chat a bit about the need for education and training in the not-for-profit sector and how we have met that need by providing scholarships to the sector.

Rhett Corker

Thanks to funding from the Origin Foundation, we’ve been able to award $1.1m in scholarships to individuals like Rhett Corker of The Movember Foundation (pictured left), who was also featured in the article.

Click here to read the article in full.

Click here to find out more about Rhett’s scholarship and The Movember Foundation.

Fish Scholarship Winner Announced PDF Print E-mail

Fish Scholarship Winner Announced

Fish Community Solutions has recently announced the winner of its inaugural Fish Scholarship, which provides an opportunity for a fundraiser to undertake the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Fundraising Essentials course.

The winner, Chantelle Baxter of Melbourne not-for-profit organisation, One Girl, is looking forward to the course and fully understanding how fundraising works. Her training in this area will assist her in her role at One Girl, an organisation which exists to educate girls in Africa.

Valued at up to $495, the Fish Scholarship was open to Australian fundraisers with less than three years professional experience and who are from an organisation with a turnover of less than $500,000 per year.

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2015 Scholarships for Not-for-Profit Directors and Chairs PDF Print E-mail

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320 Australia-wide Scholarships for Not-for-Profit Directors and Chairs - Available Now!

For the fourth year running, ASF is partnering with Perpetual and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to offer 320 scholarships to help not-for-profit (NFP) organisations enhance their governance.

Applications are now open for the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors course and the Not-for-Profit Chairman course, run by the AICD and funded by the Perpetual Foundation, in partnership with the JS Love Trust.

ASF will award 320 places (valued at over $1,000 each) for the courses aimed at board directors of charitable organisations looking to develop a deeper knowledge of the responsibilities of directorship, financial governance and performance issues relating to not-for-profit organisations.

A research study by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia and the Australian Scholarships Foundation, funded by the Origin Foundation, has established links between the scholarship program and improved performance by individual directors and boards.

Perpetual’s General Manager of Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas, said these insights suggest that providing NFPs with help to fund education and organisational development is making a real difference.

Amy Lyden, CEO of ASF, said the scholarships are an opportunity to strengthen the effectiveness of NFPs.

“Governance training for NFP boards continues to be an overwhelming demand for ASF. An effective board quite often equates to a more effective NFP organisation, and everyone benefits as a result. We thank Perpetual and JS Love Trust for generously supporting this initiative”, said Ms Lyden.

The courses will run in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (NFP Directors) and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth (NFP Chairman) in February 2015.

Not-for-Profit Directors and Chairs Australia-wide are encouraged to apply. This is a fantastic opportunity to build your skills in governance to better serve your NFP organisaton.

Don’t miss your chance – APPLY NOW! Applications close Monday 27th October 2014 at 5pm AEDT.

To access the media release please click here.

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