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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.

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.

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program 2017/18

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program


Applications close 26th September 2017

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program

We're delighted to open another round of the Meikle Files Black Leadership Development Program scholarships! Earlier this year, ASF partnered with Elkiem to award FOUR fully funded scholarships to inspiring not-for-profit leaders around Australia.

Together we're giving two more NFP leaders the opportunity to access this unique leadership development program, which is based on Andrew Meikle's extensive research, conducted over a 20-year period, into human high performance.

Now with over 500 graduates, the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program is a one-of-a-kind program specifically designed for those who are considered to be the highest performers, have the highest potential and/or are required to stimulate improvements in performance from their teams. The program's curriculum builds strength of mind and provides leaders and high potentials with knowledge and tools to stimulate improvement in both their own performance and that of their team.

Past participant, Andrew Young of the Centre for Social Impact, says the program was, "...the single most outstanding self-development program I’ve seen. If you get the chance – go; if you get to go, invest yourself in it and you will reap the benefits."

CEO of Good2Give, Lisa Grinham says, "Having no set expectation of the first day of the Meikle Files Black Leadership course, I left the day feeling excited about executing what I’d learnt and chomping at the bit for more... Talk about inspired learning!"

Attendees will join like-minded leaders from the corporate and community sectors for 3x two-day sessions in October 2017, February and April 2018 in Sydney.

ASF and Elkiem are offering two 100% scholarships to the full Meikle Files Black Leadership Development Programme beginning in October 2017 in Sydney. Each scholarship is valued at $20,000 and covers all associated course fees.

We're looking for high calibre candidates on the board or executive team of large, charitable not-for-profit organisations. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership potential and experience, manage a team of at least 5 staff, and have significant influence on others in the organisation and the NFP sector. Scholarship recipients are expected to commit to ALL sessions of the program.

This is a tremendous opportunity to attend one of the best leadership programs offered in Australia.

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 5pm AEST. Get in quick!

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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)