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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.

Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society

Not-for-Profits in the Digital Age

If your not-for-profit organisation is like many others around the world, your daily operations - in part or completely - rely on digital technology. At the very least you have an online presence and you’re attempting to navigate the digital landscape of social media, apps, crowdfunding and CRMs. In truth, we’re only just beginning to comprehend the ways technology will affect us.

Stanford University Digital Civil Society

As a sector, we now have unprecedented access to the individuals we aim to support. Digital tools enable us to gather data which has the potential to change and innovate our approach to fundraising and service delivery, provide insight into community needs, and increase our overall efficiency and understanding. However, one of the challenges of digital data is knowing when and how to tap into it, as well as understanding the associated risks and responsibilities we have to protect it.

A study by the Perpetual Foundation and Stanford University of more than 120 NFPs found that 73 per cent didn’t feel confident in their boards’ ability to manage their digital governance responsibilities. Similarly, most believe they employ staff with the right skills but 34 per cent don’t feel their boards are able to wield digital tools in the same way.

The study was conducted in the lead up to a series of workshops delivered by Stanford University in Sydney and Melbourne to bring digital data governance to the attention of not-for-profit boards and executives throughout Australia. Over two days, a group of NFP leaders heard from Lucy Bernholz, Co-director of Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab, about all the ways we voluntarily use private resources for public benefit in the digital age, the impact of digital on NFP governance and operations, and how to use digital data ethically, safely and effectively (check out Stanford’s online toolkit).

The workshops mark the beginning of a powerful, three year partnership between Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), the Perpetual Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation. The wider program aims to give NFPs, philanthropists and sector leaders in Australia access to Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, and give 10 NFP leaders the opportunity to study at Stanford’s Non-Profit Management Institute in Palo Alto, California. Stay tuned for more details.

Tessa Boyd-Caine - Fulbright report

Lead or be Left Behind: sustaining

trust and confidence in Australia's charities

Tessa Boyd-Caine has always had an interest in public education and social justice. As the former Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the current CEO of Health Justice Australia, she works to assist and advocate on behalf of those who have no voice of their own.

In 2014, Tessa was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, supported by the Origin Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation. She spent four months in the United States researching issues around how not-for-profit organisations can strengthen and lead the trust and confidence in which the sector is held.

Tessa Boyd-Caine
Of her experience, Tessa says, “Fulbright Scholarships were something I had only heard about for others until Australian Scholarships Foundation and Origin Foundation launched this incredible opportunity for the nonprofit sector. There is nothing like the chance to spend four months researching and thinking, meeting and talking with new colleagues, and observing how counterparts in another country pursue their missions, all without the daily distractions of a busy job.

...As exciting as my time in the US was, it has been the ongoing connection with non-profit sector colleagues here and there that has been the greatest benefit of my Fulbright – as I continue to advocate ways that we can lead our own agenda for sustaining trust and confidence in what we do and why it matters.” @tboydcaine #Data4Trust

The result of Tessa's research, kickstarted by the Fulbright scholarship, is a report titled ‘Lead or be left behind: sustaining trust and confidence in Australia's charities’, in which Tessa discusses the importance of transparency and accountability as powerful tools in developing and maintaining public trust and confidence. Tessa’s findings shine a light on the shortfalls of the sector and how NFPs, as recipients of community funding and support, must meet the public demand for clarity in order to sustain their impact well into the future. We're delighted to share Tessa's final report with you. You can read her findings HERE.

Tessa will also be giving a public lecture on her findings at the Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia in Perth on Wednesday 10th August, and will be discussing them as part of a panel at the Philanthropy Australia Conference in Sydney on 22nd September 2016. Start thinking about your application for next year's Fulbright scholarships!

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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)