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The Australian Scholarships Foundation – ASF - is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not for profit (NFP) directors and staff to undertake education, training  and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

ASF is the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Fund of AusSchol Incorporated, an Australian registered charity, ABN 83 420 919 581.

ASF works with a number of Education Partners and Supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include post graduate university diploma, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialized mentoring services. Disciplines covered include leadership, finance, accounting and risk management, board governance, strategic planning, project management, marketing and social networking. 

ASF does not provide any education and training programs in its own right, although it commissions education providers and private companies to deliver specific programs that meet NFP needs.

Full details, application forms and terms and conditions of current scholarships can be viewed at Current Scholarships Available in “Scholarships” & “FAQs”.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

NPA 2018 Scholarship Recipients

NPA             ASF

Inaugural recipients of NPA Leadership Hub scholarships

Not-for-profit leaders Shane Nichols (CEO of Good Return), Elizabeth Svoboda (Executive Manager & Company Secretary of NSW Policy Legacy) and Jason Juretic (CEO of Sydney Stepping Stone) have been named the inaugural recipients of the 2018 NPA Leadership Hub scholarships; the first of their kind facilitated through a new partnership between ASF and the NonProfit Alliance.


For the next 12 months, Shane, Elizabeth and Jason will join other not-for-profit leaders on the NPA Leadership Hub program, a vibrant, supportive, learning and mentoring network focused on developing the skills and expertise of senior leadership team members of Australia’s not-for-profit organisations.

The brainchild of NPA co-founders, Carmel Molloy and Kelly Beaumont, the Leadership Hub is not a stand-alone course, but a sustained and long-term peer-to-peer leadership program, that will support the participants each day with their leadership challenges and opportunities.

Molloy says, “…We are delighted to collaborate with ASF to offer this opportunity to some of the amazing social sector leaders based here in NSW. Research shows that one of the most successful ways leaders can improve their performance is by sharing insights and practical advice with peers who grasp their industry’s distinct challenges and complexities.”

ASF's CEO, Sam Sayers, added, ASF is delighted to be able to assist sector leaders to participate in this innovative peer-to-peer mentoring program, to further develop their skills and capacity. The calibre of applicants for our NPA Leadership Hub scholarships has been extremely high, reflecting the quality of leadership we have in the social sector today.

ASF would like to congratulate the recipients and thank those who applied in this round of Leadership Hub scholarships. Stay tuned for another round of NPA Leadership Hub scholarships in the coming months. 

Click here to read the media release. Sign up to our mailing list for scholarship updates.

Australian NFP Workforce Study

Australian NFP Workforce Study

ASF is proud to support the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest ever research study on and for NFP organisations, and all their employees and volunteers.

Created by the Centre for Social Impact at UWA, the Workforce Study is designed to identify what matters most for making not-for-profit work more developmental, healthy, meaningful, and productive. Everyone in Australia benefits from the great work of our not-for-profit organisations and their people - you.

Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of ASF, says “NFP organisations spend more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact."

Whilst the world is changing and demanding more, the solution isn't to work harder. Instead, so you can continue to adapt and innovate, CSI have used applied science to find ways of working smarter and healthier, for more positive change, and an even better Australia.

We're inviting you and others in your organisation to participate in this important national research. The more people who respond, the more representative and useful the results for growing people, organisations, and their impact.

All findings will be shared, and there are multiple benefits to you and your organisation. By completing the survey, you'll receive FREE analytics on how your role and organisation compare to others in your sector. You'll be able to:

To find out more and to be part of this ground-breaking research, click hereThe survey will be open until 31st October 2017.

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600,000 NFP organisations contributes nearly 5% to GDP -$41b annually employs nearly 900,000 people attracts 4.6m volunteers
(source: ABS 2006-07 and Productivity Commission 2010)