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The future of philanthropy in a changing civil society: In conversation with Stanford PACS PDF Print E-mail

The future of philanthropy in a changing civil society: In conversation with Stanford PACS

Stanford PACS

Now, more than ever, we must discuss the changing nature of technology, race, and civil society. The global COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the global inequalities that exist, shown not only by the effect of the crisis, but also by the response to it.

This crisis lets us reflect upon these inequities and ask the questions that will allow us to build resilience and strengthen our global response to these issues.

On Thursday 6 August, you can join international sector leaders from Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) and Australian philanthropy experts from Perpetual, including Lucy Bernholz, Jane Magor and Rob Reich, for a live panel discussion.

Hosted by Catriona Fay, this FREE webinar will offer new perspectives on the key role of philanthropy and the NFP sector as we venture into a post COVID-19 world where our impact is ever important.

This webinar is facilitated by Perpetual and Stanford PACS, in partnership with ASF.

We encourage you to challenge your thinking and get involved by registering here.

Kaplan Business School MBA Scholarships 2020 PDF Print E-mail

100% MBA Scholarships for NFPs Australia-wide

Applications close 10 August

Master of Business Administration

Fulfil your dream of studying an MBA - and do it with a 100% scholarship - thanks to ASF and Kaplan Business School.

We're offering TEN not-for-profit leaders the chance to complete a world-class MBA qualification with a scholarship valued at $40,800.

Kaplan Business School’s MBA will provide you with valuable practical skills that will allow you to excel in a dynamic professional environment, apply strategic thinking skills, master key business challenges and become a successful leader. Benefit from the flexibility and diversity of a general Master of Business Administration or choose one of seven specialisations.

Recent scholarship recipient, Nikki Jordan of Grand Pacific Health Limited, began her MBA in 2019 and is already finding it valuable. “I have already gotten more from the course than I had hoped. It is no stretch to say that if it wasn’t for ASF and KBS providing such a generous scholarship, I would not have been able to enrol in this MBA."

Successful applicants will be able to study online or at any of the five campuses of Kaplan Business School, with a full-time or part-time study load, beginning in either Trimester 3, 2020 or Trimester 1, 2021.

If you're a senior NFP professional, manager or emerging leader, this is an incredible opportunity to advance your career, expand your professional network, and gain the skills you need to lead effectively and strategically. Here's how an MBA can boost your career in the NFP sector.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close 10 August 2020 at 5pm AEST.

McKinsey Academy Young Leaders Forum Scholarships, Round 2 - 2020 PDF Print E-mail

Scholarships for Emerging NFP Leaders

Applications close 20 July

Young Leaders Forum

We're looking for emerging NFP leaders to join likeminded peers for a learning opportunity of a lifetime at McKinsey Academy's Young Leaders Forum beginning in September 2020.

The Young Leaders Program (YLF) is a global leadership development program that provides participants with the necessary skills, ways of thinking, and insights to become a better leader in a world of accelerating disruptive change. With a focus on strengths and stretch, YLF develops unique, inspirational, and supportive leaders through the layers of your organisation.

YLF is designed to benefit emerging high potential future leaders, who typically have between 7 and 12 years of work experience, and are making the transition into people leadership roles, as well as taking on more responsibility for driving the strategy and execution of their organisations.

CEOs of small NFPs, social enterprises or start-ups may also find the course beneficial, as they start to build their organisations and manage people.

Applicants Australia-wide are welcome to apply.

Click HERE to find out more and apply.

Applications close 20 July 2020 at 5pm AEST.

Good governance for charities and not-for-profits on frontlines PDF Print E-mail

Goverance Institute Media

Good Governance for Charities and Not-for-Profits on Frontlines 

Hosted by the Governance Institute of Australia

As a result of the recent Australian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, charities and NFPs are not only playing a more crucial role than ever, but are also facing a range of unique challenges. Our friends at the Governance Institute of Australia have identified some of the many of the challenges impacting the delivery of sustainable services in the NFP sector, including the need for:

  • Urgent regulatory reform, especially in fundraising
  • Strengthened governance systems to gain continued community support for operations
  • Sector sustainability through the recovery phase – workforce, fundraising, resources, revenue and bridging finance

To address these challenges, Governance Institute of Australia are hosting an online briefing session on Thursday 18 June 2020 from 11:00am-12:30pm. The session will also discuss the ACNC response to COVID-19, cornerstones for good governance and decision-making, and the role, influence and impact of sector directors during a crisis. 

Join a panel of NFP experts, including David Crosbie of Community Council for Australia, Sue Woodward of Justice Connect, Belinda Dimovski of the Australian Red Cross and Anna Longley of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

To find out more or register for this webinar, click here.

Practical advice from our Fulbright alumni PDF Print E-mail

What does a Fulbright scholarship entail?

We spoke to Tessa Boyd-Caine and David Ireland about their Fulbright experience and best tips for handling the logistics...

In 2013, Tessa Boyd-Caine (now CEO of Health Justice Australia) was one of two inaugural recipients of the Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership. Tessa 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.

As Deputy CEO of the Australian Council Social Service (ACOSS) at the time, Tessa found the support of her organisation invaluable and essential to undertaking the Fulbright. Here she shares her best tips for current applicants and scholars considering the logistics of the scholarship:

Tessa Boyd-Caine 1.  "The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership is a rare opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and immerse yourself in a learning and development opportunity. You can’t do it (or yourself) justice if you are also juggling your day job. And you shouldn’t have to. In my case, the stipend with the scholarship meant I

could take leave without pay from my job, leaving my employer free to backfill me with a replacement. I did a two week handover with my replacement at the beginning, a one week hand-back at the end, and for the rest of the time I was blissfully free to engage in my Fulbright work and the experience of living in the USA.

2.   "The support of your organisation will go a long way to enabling the most out of a Fulbright experience. From providing a reference, to supporting the time I needed away from the office during the Fulbright, through to valuing my ongoing engagement in Fulbright activities afterwards, I had strong support from my employer and this was really helpful. But this doesn’t only go one-way; ideally, your organisation should benefit too. I brought value back into my organisation with my newly-developed expertise from the issues I examined during my Fulbright; I extended our organisational networks; I had suggestions about new ways to tackle challenges within the organisation, from the time I had spent embedded in other organisations; and I was much more focussed on how to support and lead my colleagues.

3.   "Don’t underestimate the time you might need to step back from the day-to-day of your job before you are really ready to engage in the Fulbright opportunity. I was fortunate to be in the position where I had not taken leave for some time and so could take a break between finishing up in my job and commencing the Fulbright. This turned out to be invaluable as a way to decompress and meant I was in the best headspace to throw myself into my Fulbright experience, once it commenced."

Fast forward to 2018 and David Ireland is going through a similar experience with his Fulbright Scholarship.

David leads a busy life as an adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School (UQBS), board member at several NFP and for-profit organisations, and the Chief Innovation Officer at ThinkPlace, a leading strategic design and innovation consultancy.

Of the experience, he says: 

David Ireland

"The Fulbright experience was amazing; to have the time to think deeply about the nature of the challenges underpinning some of the world’s most pressing and urgent challenges was incredibly useful. The people I met, the books and papers I read, and the work that I’ve done has

given me fresh perspectives on what we can do to make positive and sustainable changes to our world, and work towards intergenerational wellbeing.

In addition to an incredible amount of new knowledge and insights into why we have the world we have, I’ve built a wonderful network of connections here. I’ve also got to explore my own position in the world and think about what I want to do with my time on Earth. It’s also been a wonderful experience for my family. We’ve built some great friendships while we’ve been here, and it’s been a real eye opener for my young kids."

Here David shares his approach to the application and planning stage, and how to make the most of your time in the U.S.

"For prospective applicants, my first piece of advice is ‘yes, go for it!’.  My follow up pieces of advice would be:

1.   Don’t be overly prescriptive about your project and approach. While you can be specific about intended impact, you’ll meet so many amazing and thought-provoking people, that you will inevitably be pushed into new areas of exploration and new methods of exploration. Embrace this and it will take you places you didn’t expect.

2.   Talk to as many people as possible. The combination of being in the U.S. together with the Fulbright brand will open many doors. So, get knocking.

3.   Don’t stress early on about divergent thinking. The time to think deeply about a topic without the pressures of daily delivery is amazing and will open your brain to new opportunities. Embrace that time, and don’t rush into convergent thinking. Focus your project on how you can change the world, not just what can you do that is interesting."


Click HERE to find out more and apply.

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