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.

Sydney Leadership Graduation


Congratulations Sydney Leadership Graduates!

Last week, the Benevolent Society celebrated the graduation of 25 people from its annual Sydney Leadership program, run by Social Leadership Australia. Launched over a decade ago, the program exists to build a new network of leaders with the skills and determination to create a fairer, more just society where everyone can thrive.

In its 15th year, the program is gaining momentum and credibility in the not-for-profit community for authentic, cutting-edge leadership. Among this year’s graduates were two ASF scholars, Rebecca MacFarling of Musica Viva and Celia Hodson of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia. These scholars were generously funded by the Origin Foundation.

Director of Sales and Marketing at Musica Viva, Rebecca says Sydney Leadership has fundamentally changed the way she leads her team and has made her more aware of challenges, and more able to work with conflict. “The Sydney Leadership program teaches social leadership, where changes to values, beliefs and attitudes are required to move forward to solve big picture issues and mobilise people in order to do so."

Elite Leadership Program Begins

NFP Scholarship Recipients Begin Elite Leadership Program


Pictured above: Andrew Meikle running the first day of the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program, 5th August, 2013.

In early August, twelve not-for-profit leaders gathered together for the first day of the renowned Meikle Files Black Leadership program.

Hosted by Elkiem over three intensive days, the program aims to challenge participants, providing a depth of understanding into specific areas of human psychology and behaviour, performance and change.

This unique leadership development program is the brainchild of Andrew Meikle, who bases his teachings on his extensive research, conducted over a 20 year period, into human high performance.

This year’s participants each demonstrated great potential to cause positive social change in their community and were each awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend the Meikle Files Black program, generously provided by Andrew Meikle and facilitated by the Emerging Leaders for Social Change (ELSC) and ASF.

Of the first day of the program, Lisa Grinham, CEO of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Australia, says, “…I left the day feeling excited about executing what I’d learnt... A sure sign that the course has delivered is that not only can I quote the key learnings (and share them with whoever will listen!) but that I have put some into action within the first week. Talk about inspired learning!

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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)