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.

AHRI Interview with Amy Lyden

2000 NFP scholarships, and counting - Interview with ASF's CEO Amy Lyden

Amy Lyden

ASF’s CEO, Amy Lyden, was recently interviewed for an article in the Australian Human Resource Institute’s (AHRI) monthly magazine.

The AHRI’s publication, HRMonthly Magazine, presents the world's best practice in HR management, stimulates debate about current issues and provides practical solutions to workplace challenges.

The article, titled 2000 NFP scholarships, and counting, explains the need for professional development in the not-for-profit sector and the work ASF does to facilitate scholarships for NFP boards and managers to undertake training and development programs that improve their ability to lead and manage. To date, ASF have awarded over 2000 scholarships worth $4 million to NFP directors and staff.

Amy Lyden explains, “with less funding around, and increased demand for their services, operating as an NFP is more challenging than ever before. The leadership capacity [of boards and executive staff] is the key to successfully manoeuvring in this difficult environment.”

To read the full article, click here.

Origin Foundation Award

Origin logo

Origin Foundation Recognised as 2014 B/HERT Award Winner

The Origin Foundation, one of ASF’s partners, has recently been recognised for its philanthropic support of higher education in Australia. The foundation was presented with the 2014 ‘Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education’ award by the Business / Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT).

The award recognises the Origin Foundation’s support of and funding towards the scaling of the Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools program implemented by the Queensland University of Technology. Developed in 2009, the program addresses the significant social issue of educational disadvantage through a teacher education program that focuses on the preparation of high-quality teacher graduates. With the support of the Origin Foundation, the program now operates on a national scale, with the University of Newcastle and the University of New England also joining in the cause.

This prestigious award is one of many handed out by the Business / Higher Education Round Table each year, highlighting the work of many incredible education providers and organisations. Previous winners of the ‘Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education’ award have included the Graham and Louise Tuckwell Foundation for their $50 million gift to the Australian National University.

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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)