AICD Awards 140 Scholarships to NFP Leaders
Thursday, 23rd August 2018 at 3:54 pm
More than 100 Australian directors and governance leaders have received scholarships aimed at improving the not-for-profit sector’s governance capacity.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors announced on Wednesday that 140 scholarships had been awarded to leaders in organisations with less than $2 million turnover.
The scholarships will allow 20 winners in each state and territory to undertake one of AICD’s “highly-regarded” education programs, including the NFP Foundations of Directorship course.
AICD managing director and CEO Angus Armour congratulated the successful recipients, and said the scholarships would improve the governance capacity of the not-for-profit sector.
“NFPs are an essential part of Australia’s social fabric, and good governance remains critically important to helping the sector fulfil this role,” Armour said.
“NFPs face a number of challenges, especially as many operate with tight budgets and in an increasingly complex and constantly evolving operating environment. Having the governance expertise to steer them to success cannot be taken for granted.
“These scholarships are a valuable opportunity for those in the NFP sector to enhance their governance skills, and in turn help their not for profits support the community.”
Scholarship winners were chosen based on the expected benefits to the individual, their organisation and the wider community.
Recipients came from a diverse range of NFPs, including the Children’s Tumour Foundation, the Affordable Housing Charity, the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, and Landcare Tasmania.
Scholarship winner Eliza Bergin, a barrister on the board of Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia, said the scholarship would help her serve the community.
“I believe in giving back to the community and have always done pro bono work during my career. I am looking forward to developing my leadership capabilities and knowledge of governance,” Bergin said.