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NonProfit Alliance scholarships PDF Print E-mail

NonProfit Alliance Leadership Hub

100% Scholarships for CEOs and Senior Executives

Applications now open!

NPA Leadership Hub

ASF is delighted to launch a brand new partnership with the NonProfit Alliance (NPA).

NPA's mission is to create a sustainable future for the non-profit and social purpose sector and achieve a more socially aware Australia. They believe that to do this, social purpose organisations need to invest in the capabilities of their leaders, and those who will be leading their organisations into the future. ASF is thrilled to partner with NPA in this mission which so closely aligns with our own.

Together, we're offering CEOs and senior executives of not-for-profit organisations the chance to partake in NPA's immersive Leadership Hub program in 2018. There are three $8,800 scholarships available which will give the recipients 12 months' access to the NPA Leadership Hub, a vibrant, supportive, learning and mentoring network focused on developing the skills and expertise of senior leadership team members of Australia’s NFP organisations.

The Leadership Hub is not a stand-alone course, but a sustained and long-term peer to peer leadership program, that will support you each day with your leadership challenges and opportunities.

If you hold a CEO or senior executive position with a charitable not-for-profit organisation this opportunity is for you!

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close Friday 17th November, 2017 at 5pm AEDT.

Social Media Grants 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Bankwest Foundation

Social Media Grants for NFPs in WA


We are delighted to open the next round of Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia who are looking to develop their social media strategy for long-term impact.

The purpose of the Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants is to better equip charitable not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to communicate via social media channels with the aim of building awareness, fundraising capacity and a strong volunteer workforce. This is a unique opportunity to participate in ongoing social media training, mentorship, development and support throughout 2018.

There are up to 10x $13,000 grants available to WA-based NFPS, which will enable them to participate in a 12 month social media mentoring program delivered by Hancock Creative, an award-winning creative agency who have specifically designed this program - in collaboration with the Bankwest Foundation and ASF - to help not-for-profits in an area they need it most.

Bankwest Social Media Grant

Felicity Vaughan of Lifeline WA, a 2016 grant recipient, said, "The Bankwest Social Media Grant has completely changed Lifeline WA's approach to marketing and fundraising... Our engagement in 2016 increased by more than 260% compared to the previous year. It is results like these that makes us confident that we can grow, engage and reach new audiences. As we grow our social media we believe that we will be able to drive effective results and return on investment."

Bankwest Social Media Grants

Sasha Wasley of Girl Guides WA also said, "The Bankwest Foundation scholarship gave us the tools we needed to address some issues we were having with our membership - including engagement, recruitment and retention. The best thing about the program was that we finished in a position of empowerment - we are now ready and capable of skilfully managing our social/online profiles. The program was an incredibly powerful boost for our online presence that has translated to real growth for the organisation."

Click HERE for more information and to APPLY for a Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grant.

Applications close Tuesday 31st October, 2017 at 8PM AWST.

200 Scholarships Awarded to WA NFPs PDF Print E-mail

Bankwest and ASF 

200 Scholarships

After three years of delivering the Community Leader Scholarship Program in Western Australia, ASF and the Bankwest Foundation have reached the 200th scholarship milestone!

In 2014, we began a five-year partnership with the Bankwest Foundation, with the aim of empowering not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and metropolitan WA with access to high quality professional development. Earlier this month, we were incredibly proud to present the 200th scholarship, with many more in store over the next two years.

Amanda Gadsdon, the Community Engagement and Funding Manager at the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service, was the recipient of the 200th scholarship which will enable her to undertake a fully funded Diploma of Business (Governance) through the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

AADS executive team

Left to Right: the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Executive Team - Catherine Wilson (General Manager), Daniel Morrison (Chief Executive Officer), Amanda Gadsdon (Community Engagement and Funding Manager)

Amanda was thrilled to receive her scholarship, saying the diploma “…will enable me to further develop my skills and expertise in this area, and in turn increase my capacity to better support my organisation”. In October, she will join nine other NFP peers who also received scholarships to complete the valuable training at no cost.

At the three-year mark, we’ve awarded 200 scholarships worth over $750,000, processed over 550 applications, and seen the numerous flow-on effects and positive benefits these scholarships have brought to both individuals and organisations across the state.

ASF's Executive Chair Paul Murnane says, "ASF is absolutely delighted to partner with Bankwest to help sustain and grow NFP organisations and their people as they carry out their vital community work throughout WA. The impact is widespread and lives on in hundreds of NFP organisations throughout the state".

Bankwest Head of Community Engagement Craig Spencer added, “we know these scholarships provide a measurable social impact that benefits not just the individual but also the community organisation they are working for and the broader community. At Bankwest we believe our role in society is to make a positive difference to the sustainable future of WA.”

This month we launched Year Four of the Community Leader Scholarship Program which will offer a range of scholarships for training in NFP governance, leadership, management, mental health in the workplace and financial literacy.

If you work for a not-for-profit in WA (or you know someone who does), sign up to our mailing list to keep up-to-date on these scholarships and plenty more.

Click here to read the press release.

NIDA Corporate Scholarship Recipient PDF Print E-mail

NIDA             ASF

Inaugural recipient of NIDA Corporate scholarship

Congratulations to Wendy Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Youth Services, who received the first ever scholarship resulting from a new partnership between ASF and NIDA Corporate. Wendy’s fully funded scholarship enabled her to attend NIDA Corporate’s 'Creating Excellent Communicators' short course across two days last week.

The course explored the techniques actors employ to communicate with confidence, respond in the moment and influence their audience - a valuable skill not-for-profits need on a daily basis.

Wendy Lang
Wendy says she is grateful for the opportunity to develop her presence and communication skills. “As the CEO of a not-for-profit organisation, having the confidence to approach corporate leaders for sponsorship or to speak to media fluently and responsively is a skill that will greatly benefit not only me, but Queensland Youth Services”.

Nithya Nagarajan, Client Engagement Manager at NIDA Melbourne says the key to business success in an age of increased automation is communication. “When people feel safe to present ideas, raise issues, and speak with confidence, there is greater potential for projects to run on time, information to flow freely, and for teams to connect. Wendy Lang with her 20+ years of experience in the management of indigenous education, youth support and public services brings with her a wealth of experience and NIDA was excited to have her contribution in our Melbourne studio as a participant.”

Wendy’s scholarship is the first that ASF and NIDA Corporate have facilitated together - a partnership which aims to give NFPs access to NIDA Corporate’s practical skills-based training in communication, presentation and leadership.

“Effective communication is the language of leadership,” says Paul Murnane, Executive Chairman of ASF. “ASF, in its mission to develop Australia's NFP leaders, is positively delighted to launch its new partnership with NIDA, Australia's foremost centre for education and training in the art of corporate communications.”

Nithya says, “At NIDA Corporate, we deliver programs which enhance people’s ability to communicate and present with ease. Our pedagogy draws from NIDA’s world-class actor training toolkit, and we apply those performance techniques to a professional context. Success, to us, is supporting individuals like Wendy Lang to transform their skills to be more confident, inspiring, and engaging communicators”.

Stay tuned for more scholarships for NIDA Corporate courses in the coming months. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program 2017/18 PDF Print E-mail

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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