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$1 million Scholarship Program for WA NFPs

ASF Welcomes the Bankwest Foundation

as its newest Supporter

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) is delighted to announce that the Bankwest Foundation will fund a $1 million Scholarship Program for directors and leaders of West Australian not-for-profit organisations.

This partnership is very timely, considering “Many community organisations simply do not have the capacity to fund professional development and education for their people,” says ASF’s CEO Amy Lyden. “Yet with deepening constraints on funding, changes in the regulatory environment and the expectations from donors to not invest in “administration costs”, the need for education and training is greater than ever.”

“The Bankwest Foundation recognises this critical need. This unprecedented $1m scholarship program demonstrates the Bankwest Foundation's commitment to ensuring community organisations not only cope with the challenging environment they are facing, but thrive in it. ASF is thrilled to be partnering with the Bankwest Foundation on this important initiative,” says Amy.

These scholarships, commencing in 2014 and facilitated by Australian Scholarships Foundation, will be for education and training programs provided by ASF’s Education Partners, with more to come in the future:

Of the new partnership, Bankwest’s Head of Community Engagement, Craig Spencer says, "The Bankwest Foundation is very proud to partner with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, an organisation committed to strengthening the Community Sector by providing education opportunities”.

“When we engaged directly with the WA Community Sector, the feedback we received was that there was a critical need for professional development in governance, risk management and project management,” says Craig. “The opportunity to support the building of capacity in theses areas through a scholarship program aligns with the mission of the Bankwest Foundation to improve the well-being of Australians through significant and meaningful community initiatives. We feel proud and very fortunate to be able to support WA community organisations that in turn support those in our community most in need.”

ASF and Bankwest Foundation – building knowledge and leadership capacity in Australia’s not for profit sector