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Learning for Purpose Report PDF Print E-mail

Learning for Purpose: a Milestone for the Australian NFP Sector and its Workforce

Learning for Purpose

The Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is proud to announce the launch of a new report: Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector.

The report has been prepared by the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and summarises what has been a three-year collaborative research effort with the Origin Foundation and ASF.

It contains ground-breaking research on the social return on education and training in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector, and demonstrates that the success and sustainability of the Australian NFP sector hinges substantially on its people. It presents seven key findings which show that developing NFP employees and volunteers has multiple positive effects for the individuals, the organisations, and the purposes they serve. Learning for Purpose also reveals that training can improve an employee’s role clarity, job knowledge, and self-confidence, and lead to better decisions and leadership behaviours, reduced costs, more funding, better services and beneficiary well-being.

Lead researcher, Dr Ramon Wenzel from UWA said: “For the first time we can demonstrate on the basis of research that professional development really works for the Australian Not-for-Profit sector. It’s not about making NFP employees and volunteers work harder, but smarter.”

Learning for Purpose calls upon funders, the public, government and even NFP leaders and organisations themselves to see professional development as an important investment rather than an overhead.


AIM WA Diploma of Project Management Scholarship PDF Print E-mail

Diploma of Project Management Scholarship for WA NFPs - Apply Now!


The Bankwest Foundation and AIM WA are offering up to 5x 100% scholarships for those living and working for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to study AIM WA’s Diploma of Project Management in 2015.

Skilled project managers are a valuable resource for every organisation. They deliver results that have a direct impact on organisational performance and productivity. The Diploma of Project Management is designed specifically for people who have direct responsibility for the management of one or more projects, and provides the skills, knowledge and recognition for people entrusted with this important responsibility.

Valued at $3535, the scholarship is the newest addition to the Bankwest Foundation Community Leader Scholarship Program, which focuses on supporting WA NFPs by offering high quality professional development opportunities.

If you live and work for a charitable not-for-profit organisation in Western Australia we’d love to hear from you! Click here to find out more and to apply for a scholarship.

Applications close Friday 31st July – get in quick!

AIM WA Education Partner PDF Print E-mail

Australian Scholarships Foundation

welcomes the

Australian Institute of Management WA

as its newest Education Partner in the

Bankwest Foundation Community

Leader Scholarship Program

AIM WA campus

ASF is delighted to announce its newest Education Partner,

providing education, training and development scholarship

opportunities to directors and staff of Australian not-for-profit


AIM WA has been shaping management, leadership and

organisational excellence in the NFP sector since its inception

in 1957.

Click here to apply for the new Bankwest Foundation / AIM WA

Diploma of Project Management Scholarship! Applications are

now open and close Friday 31st July 2015.


Bankwest and ASF

2015 Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowships PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to the 2015 HCV Non-Profit Fellowships Winners!


The Harvard Club of Victoria recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of its Non-Profit Fellowship and presented the 2015 Fellowships to three deserving candidates from the NFP sector: Carmen Guerra, Founder and CEO of the Centre for Multicultural Youth; Paul Ronalds, CEO of Save the Children; and Simon Ruth, CEO of the Victorian AIDS Council.

Simon, Paul and Carmen will be attending Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management course in Boston this July and undertaking a study tour of North American community sector organisations. The SPNM course is part of HBS’ Social Enterprise Initiative which applies innovative business practice and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change.

ASF would like to congratulate each of the fellowship winners on this incredible achievement, as well as their commitment to the not-for-profit sector!

For more information on the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship, including a list of fellows, please visit the Harvard Club of Victoria’s website. Applications for the 2016 Fellowships will open in early February 2016.

To make a tax deductible donation in support of the Non-Profit Fellowship, please visit the Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship page at the Charities Aid Foundation.

Murdoch University - Graduate Certificates PDF Print E-mail

Fully Funded Graduate Certificates for WA NFPs - Apply Now!

Murdoch Graduate Certificates

The Bankwest Foundation and Murdoch University are offering up to 3x fully funded places for those living and working for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to study one of Murdoch University’s Graduate Certificate programs in Semester 2, 2015.

Murdoch’s School of Management and Governance is one of our newest education partners and we’re excited to offer training in new areas directly relevant to the not-for-profit sector. Successful applicants will be able to study one of the following Graduate Certificate programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Development Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Policy and Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Management

Not-for-profit researcher and Director of Postgraduate Research in the School, Dr Megan Paull, said the scholarships represented an exciting step forward.

"These scholarships recognise the value of quality leadership in the sector by offering access to postgraduate education for leaders in the field who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study," Dr Paull said.

If you live and work for a charitable not-for-profit organisation in Western Australia we’d love to hear from you! Click here to find out more and to apply for a scholarship.

Applications close 3rd July for study in Semester 2, 2015 – get in quick!

Click here to read the article from Murdoch University.

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