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.

AICD Interview with Amy Lyden

Strengthening Not-for-Profits - Interview with ASF's CEO Amy Lyden

Amy Lyden
ASF have been featured in the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ latest eXPRESSO magazine. In the interview, ASF’s own CEO Amy Lyden, a specialist in online businesses and communities, was asked to share her experiences with the not-for-profit sector.

Amy sheds some light on the challenges and successes ASF has faced as an organisation, as well as its innovative IT platform which allows ASF to efficiently achieve its mission of strengthening the not-for-profit sector through education and training.

Click here to watch the interview.

Click here to read the article in eXPRESSO magazine.

ACU Panel Events 2014

Big Issues of the Not-for-Profit Sector

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) recently hosted a series of free panel events for not-for-profit organisations to discuss some of the big challenges of the sector. Held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the events aimed to provide real insight on issues such as the management of volunteers, NFP governance, fundraising and financial pressures.

ACU Event

Speakers at the Sydney event: Brian Doolan, CEO – Fred Hollows Foundation; Amy Lyden, CEO ASF; Rosie Stilin, ED, People Learning & Culture – Benevolent Society; David Rosenbaum - Principal, Optimum NFP

We heard from a wide variety of industry leaders who shared their personal and organisational experiences, along with their tried-and-tested solutions for many of these challenges. ASF scholarship recipients Blake Sinclair and Ben Weber also spoke about the programs they are undertaking with ACU and the benefit this training is having on their respective roles in the NFP sector.

ACU event 2

David Spencer, Executive Dean – Faculty of Law and Business ACU; David Rowlinson, Marketing and Business Development Manager | ACU executive education; Brian Doolan, CEO – Fred Hollows Foundation; Amy Lyden, CEO ASF; Rosie Stilin, ED, People Learning & Culture – Benevolent Society; David Rosenbaum - Principal, Optimum NFP; Jenny Sellier, Administration & Marketing Officer – ACU; Anita Hancock – ACU; Blake Sinclair, National Operations Director - AIME

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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)