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.

2021 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

2021 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership

Funded by the Centenary Foundation & Supported by Australian Scholarships Foundation

Fulbright Australia, the Centenary Foundation and ASF are pleased to offer the 2021 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership for the ninth year running. After the superb quality and volume of past year's recipients, we are looking forward to awarding the 2021 scholarship to yet another deserving candidate in the not-for-profit sector.

The Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an emerging leader in the charitable not-for-profit sector to undertake a program of research and/or professional development in the United States for a period of 3-4 months. Valued at up to $30,000, the scholarship will enable the right candidate to delve into research or personal development that addresses contemporary issues of relevance, innovation, knowledge development, impact on policy and practice in the NFP sector.

Since its inception in 2013, the non-profit Fulbright has given ten NFP leaders an opportunity like none other to improve their skills and knowledge, exchange information with peers in Australia and the U.S., as well as join the prestigious alumni of Fulbright Scholars worldwide.

Find a platform for your research on the global stage with the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership!

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Monday 6 July 2020.

Would you like to find out more about the Fulbright scholarship? Register your interest HERE.

Click here for practical advice from Fulbright alumnus, Tessa Boyd-Caine.

Good governance for charities and not-for-profits on frontlines

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.

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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)