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CQU Education Partner PDF Print E-mail

Australian Scholarships Foundation


CQUniversity Australia

as its newest Education Partner

CQU Sydney campus

ASF is delighted to announce its newest Education Partner,

providing education, training and development opportunities

to directors and staff of Australian not-for-profit organisations.

Along with a focus on excellence, engagement and equity,

CQUniversity has a reputation for being a leading supplier of

distance education, flexible learning and access education 

programsWe're proud to partner with them to offer the first 

ASF / CQU scholarship at the CQU Sydney campus:

'Presenting for Success: How to Develop and

Deliver Winning Presentations'

Click here for more information and to apply!

Applications close Tuesday 8th November 2016.


Get the Email Marketing Edge Master Course 2016 PDF Print E-mail


Get the Email Marketing Edge Master Course

Applications closing TODAY!

Email Marketing Edge Master Course
HerBusiness (formerly the Australian Businesswomen's Network) supports the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations by offering up to 5 scholarship places for their Get the Email Marketing Edge Master Course starting in October 2016.

Many people fail at email marketing because they don’t have a marketing ecosystem. They send ad hoc emails that are not leveraged for conversion, have no clear “next steps” and are made “one size” to fit all. Understanding your marketing ecosystem and where your email marketing fits in that ecosystem can revolutionise your email marketing results.

In this four-part interactive online course, Suzi Dafnis (CEO and Founder of HerBusiness) and Michelle Falzon (Director of We are Content) share their tried and tested email marketing strategies that will enable you to build a strong, loyal community of stakeholders, supporters, donors and advocates for your not-for-profit organisation.

You'll go into greater depth around the four vital stages of attracting, converting and keeping your ideal clients with your email marketing, it also shows you how to create your Marketing SYSTEM so that your emails (and all your other marketing efforts) are more effective.

100% SCHOLARSHIPS open to applicants Australia-wide. Applications close Tuesday 11th October at 5pm AEDT. GET IN QUICK!

Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Bankwest Foundation

Social Media Grants for NFPs in WA


Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants

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 grants is to better equip Volunteering Involving Organisations (VIOs) to communicate via social media channels with the primary aim of attracting and retaining a strong volunteer workforce. This is a unique opportunity to participate in ongoing social media training, mentorship, development and support throughout 2017.

There are up to 10x $10,000 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.

Ms Paula Rogers from Bapistcare, a 2015 grant recipient, says, "The mentoring that we have received has provided the courage to dare and to trial different methods of communication …Our ability to market using social media will be part of our future proofing to position our organisation for current and future clients. It has really given us a competitive advantage in a budget constrained NFP world."

Click below to hear from past recipients of the Grants:
Bankwest Social Media Grants

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

Applications close Monday 31st October, 2016 at 5pm AWST.

Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society PDF Print E-mail

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!

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