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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 PDF Print E-mail

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!

MBS Leadership Scholarships 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Enhance your leadership capacity at Melbourne Business School

Applications close 12th August!


In partnership with ASF, Melbourne Business School is offering FULLY FUNDED scholarships for their Specialist Certificate in Leadership and Specialist Certificate in Leadership (Professional Services) for 2016. Valued at up to $12,000, each certificate consists of core and elective programs that will set you up for success and growth in your not-for-profit organisation.

Specialist Certificate in Leadership (Professional Services): Develop your leadership effectiveness and contribution to management decision-making by building a deep understanding of critical concepts in strategy, marketing, human resources and management. Through case studies, guest speakers and interactive lectures, this specialist qualification will give you a greater appreciation of the keys to business success.

Specialist Certificate in Leadership: Graduates of the Specialist Certificate in Leadership will develop individual capacity for leadership and enhanced ability to develop strategies for their organisations. The program offers life-long learning opportunities for NFP professionals to extend their business, leadership and management skills and knowledge. Designed for not-for-profit professionals from early career to senior leaders seeking to extend their business, managerial and leadership skills and knowledge.

100% SCHOLARSHIPS open to applicants Australia-wide.

These programs are only available for a limited time so don’t miss your chance! APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST, 2016 at 5pm AEST. APPLY NOW.

Stanford Australia Foundation 2017 Scholarships PDF Print E-mail

Apply to Study at Stanford University in the USA!

Closing Friday 30th September!

Stanford Executive Scholarships

ASF is proud to again support the Stanford Australia Foundation’s (SAF) scholarships for not-for-profit leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. SAF are currently offering two scholarships specifically for NFP leaders to attend one of Stanford University’s highly valued executive education programs in 2017. Stanford teaches leaders to be pioneers of the modern frontier, to think critically, challenge assumptions and change the rules of competition.

The 2017 Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarships each include up to A$20,000 (for course fees and economy travel) for a NFP executive to attend a Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) executive course of the recipient's choice, including the celebrated Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders and the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.

This is an incredible opportunity for not-for-profit executives and leaders to gain essential skills and experience, whilst enhancing the effectiveness of their organisation and the wider Australian community.

Click HERE to find out more and apply via ASF's website. Applications close Friday 30th September, 2016 at 5pm AEST. Get in quick!

ASF Partners with Stanford University and Perpetual Foundation PDF Print E-mail

ASF Partners with Stanford University and Perpetual in New Education Program

Stanford University ASF Perpetual Foundation

ASF is delighted to announce its latest partnership, with the Perpetual Foundation and Stanford University, to help boost the capacity of not-for-profit leaders and build more effective NFPs in Australia. We are particularly pleased that this development builds on and extends our longstanding partnership with Perpetual over the past six years.

Over the next three years, Perpetual, Stanford and ASF will support a program of research and practical learning activities needed by NFPs to thrive in the digital age. This program will be led by the Stanford Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS).

Stanford PACS Executive Director, Kim Meredith, said: Having worked with major organisations in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors across the globe, we’ve seen the importance and value that a sound understanding of the digital landscape can provide.

We look forward to working with Perpetual, and their partners in Australia to help raise the bar in this field, and connect with Australia’s non-profit leaders. Additionally, Digital Civil Society is inherently global. This important partnership will build knowledge and resources that will benefit us all.

Perpetual Private National Manager Philanthropy & Non Profit Services, Caitriona Fay, said: “NFPs and philanthropists are still coming to terms with what operating in a digital world means for how they work with communities. This includes how we raise – and donate - funds for public benefit, how we capture, hold and use data, and what that means for privacy, through to the role of markets and social businesses in our economy.

“It’s important to ensure the individuals and organisations in this sector are responding to what the digital age means for society.”

The partnership between ASF, Stanford and Perpetual will enable original research to create practical applications for managing NFP challenges, US-based executive professional education at Stanford and Fellowships at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford, the world’s first research and policy program dedicated to understanding the way private resources can be used for public benefit in the digital age.



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