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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 the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Fund of AusSchol Incorporated, an Australian registered charity, ABN 83 420 919 581.

ASF works with a number of Education Partners and Supporters to access and make scholarships available in a growing range of leadership and management training programs. These include post graduate university diploma, certificate and degree courses, short management and other training programs and specialized 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 commissions 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 Current Scholarships Available in “Scholarships” & “FAQs”.

ASF is a proud member of Philanthropy Australia.

Social Media Grants 2018

Bankwest Foundation

Social Media Grants for NFPs in WA

Applications close 31 October

We are delighted to open the next round of Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants for not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia who are looking to develop their social media strategy for long-term impact.

The purpose of the Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grants is to better equip charitable not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia to communicate via social media channels with the aim of building awareness, fundraising capacity and a strong volunteer workforce. This is a unique opportunity to participate in ongoing social media training, mentorship, development and support throughout 2018.

There are up to 10x $13,000 grants available to WA-based NFPS, which will enable them to participate in a 12 month social media mentoring program delivered by Hancock Creative, an award-winning creative agency who have specifically designed this program - in collaboration with the Bankwest Foundation and ASF - to help not-for-profits in an area they need it most.

Bankwest Social Media Grant

Felicity Vaughan of Lifeline WA, a 2016 grant recipient, said, "The Bankwest Social Media Grant has completely changed Lifeline WA's approach to marketing and fundraising... Our engagement in 2016 increased by more than 260% compared to the previous year. It is results like these that makes us confident that we can grow, engage and reach new audiences. As we grow our social media we believe that we will be able to drive effective results and return on investment."

Bankwest Social Media Grants

Sasha Wasley of Girl Guides WA also said, "The Bankwest Foundation scholarship gave us the tools we needed to address some issues we were having with our membership - including engagement, recruitment and retention. The best thing about the program was that we finished in a position of empowerment - we are now ready and capable of skilfully managing our social/online profiles. The program was an incredibly powerful boost for our online presence that has translated to real growth for the organisation."


Click HERE for more information and to APPLY for a Bankwest Foundation Social Media Grant.

Applications close Tuesday 31st October, 2017 at 8PM AWST.


 
200 Scholarships Awarded to WA NFPs


Bankwest and ASF 

200 Scholarships

After three years of delivering the Community Leader Scholarship Program in Western Australia, ASF and the Bankwest Foundation have reached the 200th scholarship milestone!

In 2014, we began a five-year partnership with the Bankwest Foundation, with the aim of empowering not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and metropolitan WA with access to high quality professional development. Earlier this month, we were incredibly proud to present the 200th scholarship, with many more in store over the next two years.

Amanda Gadsdon, the Community Engagement and Funding Manager at the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service, was the recipient of the 200th scholarship which will enable her to undertake a fully funded Diploma of Business (Governance) through the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

AADS executive team

Left to Right: the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Executive Team - Catherine Wilson (General Manager), Daniel Morrison (Chief Executive Officer), Amanda Gadsdon (Community Engagement and Funding Manager)

Amanda was thrilled to receive her scholarship, saying the diploma “…will enable me to further develop my skills and expertise in this area, and in turn increase my capacity to better support my organisation”. In October, she will join nine other NFP peers who also received scholarships to complete the valuable training at no cost.

At the three-year mark, we’ve awarded 200 scholarships worth over $750,000, processed over 550 applications, and seen the numerous flow-on effects and positive benefits these scholarships have brought to both individuals and organisations across the state.

ASF's Executive Chair Paul Murnane says, "ASF is absolutely delighted to partner with Bankwest to help sustain and grow NFP organisations and their people as they carry out their vital community work throughout WA. The impact is widespread and lives on in hundreds of NFP organisations throughout the state".

Bankwest Head of Community Engagement Craig Spencer added, “we know these scholarships provide a measurable social impact that benefits not just the individual but also the community organisation they are working for and the broader community. At Bankwest we believe our role in society is to make a positive difference to the sustainable future of WA.”

This month we launched Year Four of the Community Leader Scholarship Program which will offer a range of scholarships for training in NFP governance, leadership, management, mental health in the workplace and financial literacy.

If you work for a not-for-profit in WA (or you know someone who does), sign up to our mailing list to keep up-to-date on these scholarships and plenty more.

Click here to read the press release.


 
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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)