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Inaugural recipient of NIDA Corporate scholarship

Congratulations to Wendy Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Youth Services, who received the first ever scholarship resulting from a new partnership between ASF and NIDA Corporate. Wendy’s fully funded scholarship enabled her to attend NIDA Corporate’s 'Creating Excellent Communicators' short course across two days last week.

The course explored the techniques actors employ to communicate with confidence, respond in the moment and influence their audience - a valuable skill not-for-profits need on a daily basis.

Wendy Lang
Wendy says she is grateful for the opportunity to develop her presence and communication skills. “As the CEO of a not-for-profit organisation, having the confidence to approach corporate leaders for sponsorship or to speak to media fluently and responsively is a skill that will greatly benefit not only me, but Queensland Youth Services”.

Nithya Nagarajan, Client Engagement Manager at NIDA Melbourne says the key to business success in an age of increased automation is communication. “When people feel safe to present ideas, raise issues, and speak with confidence, there is greater potential for projects to run on time, information to flow freely, and for teams to connect. Wendy Lang with her 20+ years of experience in the management of indigenous education, youth support and public services brings with her a wealth of experience and NIDA was excited to have her contribution in our Melbourne studio as a participant.”

Wendy’s scholarship is the first that ASF and NIDA Corporate have facilitated together - a partnership which aims to give NFPs access to NIDA Corporate’s practical skills-based training in communication, presentation and leadership.

“Effective communication is the language of leadership,” says Paul Murnane, Executive Chairman of ASF. “ASF, in its mission to develop Australia's NFP leaders, is positively delighted to launch its new partnership with NIDA, Australia's foremost centre for education and training in the art of corporate communications.”

Nithya says, “At NIDA Corporate, we deliver programs which enhance people’s ability to communicate and present with ease. Our pedagogy draws from NIDA’s world-class actor training toolkit, and we apply those performance techniques to a professional context. Success, to us, is supporting individuals like Wendy Lang to transform their skills to be more confident, inspiring, and engaging communicators”.

Stay tuned for more scholarships for NIDA Corporate courses in the coming months. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program 2017/18 PDF Print E-mail

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program


Applications close 26th September 2017

Meikle Files Black Leadership Program

We're delighted to open another round of the Meikle Files Black Leadership Development Program scholarships! Earlier this year, ASF partnered with Elkiem to award FOUR fully funded scholarships to inspiring not-for-profit leaders around Australia.

Together we're giving two more NFP leaders the opportunity to access this unique leadership development program, which is based on Andrew Meikle's extensive research, conducted over a 20-year period, into human high performance.

Now with over 500 graduates, the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program is a one-of-a-kind program specifically designed for those who are considered to be the highest performers, have the highest potential and/or are required to stimulate improvements in performance from their teams. The program's curriculum builds strength of mind and provides leaders and high potentials with knowledge and tools to stimulate improvement in both their own performance and that of their team.

Past participant, Andrew Young of the Centre for Social Impact, says the program was, "...the single most outstanding self-development program I’ve seen. If you get the chance – go; if you get to go, invest yourself in it and you will reap the benefits."

CEO of Good2Give, Lisa Grinham says, "Having no set expectation of the first day of the Meikle Files Black Leadership course, I left the day feeling excited about executing what I’d learnt and chomping at the bit for more... Talk about inspired learning!"

Attendees will join like-minded leaders from the corporate and community sectors for 3x two-day sessions in October 2017, February and April 2018 in Sydney.

ASF and Elkiem are offering two 100% scholarships to the full Meikle Files Black Leadership Development Programme beginning in October 2017 in Sydney. Each scholarship is valued at $20,000 and covers all associated course fees.

We're looking for high calibre candidates on the board or executive team of large, charitable not-for-profit organisations. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership potential and experience, manage a team of at least 5 staff, and have significant influence on others in the organisation and the NFP sector. Scholarship recipients are expected to commit to ALL sessions of the program.

This is a tremendous opportunity to attend one of the best leadership programs offered in Australia.

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 5pm AEST. Get in quick!

Australian NFP Workforce Study PDF Print E-mail

Australian NFP Workforce Study

ASF is proud to support the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest ever research study on and for NFP organisations, and all their employees and volunteers.

Created by the Centre for Social Impact at UWA, the Workforce Study is designed to identify what matters most for making not-for-profit work more developmental, healthy, meaningful, and productive. Everyone in Australia benefits from the great work of our not-for-profit organisations and their people - you.

Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of ASF, says “NFP organisations spend more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact."

Whilst the world is changing and demanding more, the solution isn't to work harder. Instead, so you can continue to adapt and innovate, CSI have used applied science to find ways of working smarter and healthier, for more positive change, and an even better Australia.

We're inviting you and others in your organisation to participate in this important national research. The more people who respond, the more representative and useful the results for growing people, organisations, and their impact.

All findings will be shared, and there are multiple benefits to you and your organisation. By completing the survey, you'll receive FREE analytics on how your role and organisation compare to others in your sector. You'll be able to:

To find out more and to be part of this ground-breaking research, click hereThe survey will be open until 31st October 2017.

NIDA Corporate Scholarship PDF Print E-mail

Creating Excellent Communicators

100% Scholarship from NIDA Corporate

Applications close TODAY!

NIDA Corporate

ASF is delighted to launch a brand new partnership with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (corporate division). NIDA Corporate delivers practical skills-based training in communication, presentation and leadership to build your confidence and presenting ability, ensuring that every time you enter a room you communicate with impact and style.

Together, ASF and NIDA Corporate are offering not-for-profit staff the chance to complete NIDA's Creating Excellent Communicators intensive short course in Melbourne on 5th - 6th September 2017 with a 100% scholarship. Creating Excellent Communicators is a two day course exploring the techniques that actors employ to communicate with confidence, respond in the moment and influence their audience. This course will enhance your ability to communicate effectively with individuals and small groups.

The scholarship recipient will gain:

  • Greater ability to manage a range of challenging communication scenarios at work
  • Improved skill in responding effectively in the moment
  • Enhanced physical and vocal presence
  • Greater awareness of your communication with others
  • Developed strategies to deliver successful interpersonal communication

If you manage a team of people, represent your organisation in public, take part in funding pitches or client relationship management this course is perfect for you! 

Click HERE to find out more and apply. Applications close Friday 18th August, 2017 at 11:55pm AEST.

Not-for-Profit Training Poll PDF Print E-mail

Lend Us Your Voice!

Not-for-Profit Training Poll

Have you ever felt seriously challenged by a task ahead of you? Have you ever noticed a skill gap in your professional arsenal? Or perhaps you aspire to fulfil a need or a new role within your organisation but don't yet have the knowledge to do so.

NFP Training

Our mission is to equip people like you with the skills you need to sustain and build upon the incredible work you already do in our communities.

Help us get to the bottom of what training you need by completing our 2 minute Not-for-Profit Training Poll.


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