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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.

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM Joins ASF’s Advisory Panel
Steven Schwartz

The Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is delighted to welcome Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM as the newest member of its Advisory Panel. Professor Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies and Senior Advisor at Nous Group.

“Helping people to reach their full potential is the fairest and most effective way to build a better society. That is the purpose of the Australian Scholarships Foundation and that is why I am delighted to join the advisory board,” exclaimed Professor Schwartz.

Paul  A. Murnane, Chairman of ASF, said, “Professor Schwartz, as a former Vice Chancellor of three universities, most recently Macquarie University, and a current Teach for Australia board member, has a deep understanding of the importance of quality education and training. We are looking forward to his participation in our Advisory Panel’s important role in helping guide ASF’s growing scholarships program.”

Professor Schwartz is also Chairman of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, which facilitated the inaugural world first Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by ASF.

He joins Greg Hutchinson, Carol Schwartz AM, John Barnes, Julie White and Melinda Cilento on the ASF Advisory Panel. The Panel helps the ASF Board identify trends and influences in the NFP sector where capacity building scholarships can help boost the sector’s effectiveness.

Read more about Professor Steven Schwartz here.

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."

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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)