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 a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Australian charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ABN 83 420 919 581).

ASF works with a number of universities, education providers and supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include postgraduate university diplomas, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialised 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 works with 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 Open Scholarships and Frequently Asked Questions.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

Stanford Social Innovation Workshop 2015

Stanford Social Innovation workshop in Sydney – Apply Now!


For the first time in Australia, leading thinkers and practitioners from the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford’s groundbreaking Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (known as the d.school) will be leading the Design Thinking for Social Innovation program in Sydney.

Hosted by Northcott Innovation and the Social Change Collective, the program focuses on how business, non-profit, government and social innovation sectors can use design thinking to create better products and services to drive innovation and create sustainable impact.

Design Thinking for Social Innovation is ideal for strategic and resourceful professionals who want to gain design thinking skills and tools for better problem-solving and solutions creation, and who strive to build innovative organisations or businesses. A limited number of scholarships will be available for non-profit executives, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people who have a disability or young people, 25 years and under.

Get in quick! Applications close 6th February, 2015. Click here to APPLY.

SRET Impact Study

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Major Study Shows More Investment Needed in NFP Training

Over the past few years ASF has worked collaboratively with the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School and the Origin Foundation to investigate the role of training and development in enhancing the capacity of NFP organisations to create social change. We are now two thirds of the way through the impact study, which so far indicates that targeted training of NFP employees results in organisations becoming more effective as a result of enhanced staff capacity.

The study also indicates only 58 per cent of NFP sector employees undertook professional development this year. This chronic problem is partially due to the mindset that professional development and training for NFPs is an “overhead not an investment”. However it’s becoming clear that investment in NFP training is a fundamental part of the sector’s sustainability, growth and societal impact.

To discuss the report’s findings, ASF and the Origin Foundation hosted a workshop in Sydney on the 28th November. Attended by funders, NFP leaders and peak bodies, and our research partners, the event provided good forum to present the preliminary findings and examine some of the challenges faced by the sector.  The importance of this research for the NFP sector was recognised recently when we were successful in securing an ARC linkage grant to extend our research into 2017.

Click here to read the media release.

Click here to read Probono Australia’s article.

Click here to read the preliminary research report.

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A snapshot of the Not-for-Profit Sector in Australia
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)