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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.

Bankwest Foundation Launch PDF Print E-mail

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

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$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

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