Want to make a difference? Now’s your chance.

Hayley (pictured), Founded ATMA, a humanitarian organization dedicated to improving education for underprivileged children in India

HOW WILL YOUR NEWFOUND SKILLS CHANGE THE WORLD?

Develop the skills for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations through ACPNS.

If you’ve been considering studying in 2017 now’s the time to act!

We are now taking mid-year enrolments for the Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) and the Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies).

If you’ve been considering enrolling in our courses now’s the time to act.


IMPORTANT MID-YEAR DATES IN 2017

30 June – On time closing date for course applications (late applications may be accepted but may incur a fee)
30 June  – 2 July – Orientation and Intensive Weekend for new and continuing students (on campus)


WHY STUDY WITH ACPNS?

Flexibility – STUDY ONLINE or ON CAMPUS. We employ cutting edge technology so that students anywhere in Australia or New Zealand can participate in real-time lectures or access online recordings. Units are taught in six-week teaching periods, meaning you can cover a greater breadth of topics in a shorter period of time.

Up-to-date information – ACPNS is recognised as a dynamic education leader both here and overseas and offers a teaching and research environment designed to meet sector needs. Our courses are a winning balance of theory and practical experience.

Enhance your current career or transition into a new one Our courses are well known and highly regarded in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector and are tailored to equip students for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations.

Build your networks – You will be studying with people who are just as passionate about the sector as you are and our lecturers are enthusiastic experts in their field.


OUR COURSE AT A GLANCE

6TP2 (4 March – 14 April 2017)
GSN481 Philanthropic and Nonprofit Frameworks of Governance
The unit explores contemporary understandings of philanthropic and nonprofit governance in the context of social, economic and political systems. It locates these understandings in various theoretical and descriptive frameworks providing students with both the knowledge and analytical skills that are necessary to reflect critically on philanthropy and nonprofit governance systems and their environments.
GSN484 Management for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organisations
In the context of the multiple management challenges facing nonprofit and philanthropic entities, this unit provides students with an introduction to contemporary thinking and practice in the effective and efficient management of organisations. While the focus is on nonprofit management, wider management and organisational theory will be drawn on in order that proactive responses to situations, problems and dilemmas facing nonprofit organisations can be developed by students.

6TP3 (8 May – 16 June 2017)
GSN483 Ethics for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organisations
This unit introduces students to ethical theories and constructs with a focus on producing effective personal and professional resolutions to those ethical dilemmas specifically associated with philanthropic and nonprofit organisations. The unit recognises the distinctive mission and character of these organisations, while seeking to provide an understanding of integrity and response-ability.

GSN487 Introduction to Social Enterprise
The nonprofit sector continues to mature and expand with the establishment of more sophisticated social enterprise programs. With significant reductions in the traditional sources of revenue, increasingly sophisticated competition and dramatic changes in expectations from clients and stakeholder groups, the need for effective strategy and implementation has grown. The unit offers a background to social enterprise and associated issues.

6TP4 (3 July – 11 August 2017)
GSN485 Legal Issues for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organisations
The unit introduces students to critical issues of philanthropic and nonprofit law and taxation. The unit examines the regulatory, taxation and governance framework of nonprofit organisations and philanthropic transactions in Australian Federal and State jurisdictions.

GSN488 Fundraising Development Principles
This unit considers the broad factors that influence fundraising/development success. It applies theories of marketing, public relations and management to fundraising and development and builds an understanding of the philanthropic environment. It re-examines the principles of fundraising/development, institutional readiness, case statement preparation, leadership, constituencies and research to build understanding of the context in which good development practice occurs.

6TP5 (4 September – 13 October 2017)
GSN486 Accounting and Finance Issues for Philanthropic & Nonprofit Organisations
This unit introduces students to an overview of financial reporting. The unit begins with an overview of the purpose of accounting and the types of financial statements that comprise a financial report. The unit also focuses on the Australian financial reporting framework and whether an Australian accounting standard for nonprofit organisations is required. International comparisons are made.

GSN489 Fundraising Development Techniques
This unit builds on GSN488 to delve into particular techniques of resource mobilisation in nonprofit organisations. It considers a range of income generation vehicles and techniques including capital and major gifts, special events, bequests, direct mail, telemarketing, e-fundraising, gift clubs and the art of building donor relationships. It also examines professional evaluation of fundraising programs.


WE’RE HERE TO HELP
We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about our courses or enrolment please call us on 07 3138 1020 or email acpns@qut.edu.au

ENROL NOW

 

Free resources: What does YOUR nonprofit need to thrive?

You are what you share; and we love sharing our free resources.

By tapping into the resources and publications developed by ACPNS, you will be unlocking a wealth of information and expertise designed to assist you in making your philanthropic or nonprofit organisation the most effective it can be.

We have an abundance of free resources online including:

So check out our resources today. If you have any questions or want more info, feel free to email us at acpns@qut.edu.au

Happy New Year! What’s YOUR Resolution for 2017?

Joe Tooma, ACPNS alumnus and CEO of The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation
Read more about Joe and other inspirational ACPNS alumni on the Student Experience page

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

If you’ve been considering studying in 2017 now’s the time to act!

The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at QUT is now taking enrolments for the Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) and the Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) for entry in 2017.

If you’ve been considering enrolling in our courses now’s the time to act.


IMPORTANT DATES IN 2017

31 January – On time closing date for course applications

(late applications may be accepted but may incur a fee)
3-5 March – Orientation and Intensive Weekend for new and continuing students

(on campus)


WHY STUDY WITH ACPNS?

Flexibility – STUDY ONLINE or ON CAMPUS. We employ cutting edge technology so that students anywhere in Australia or New Zealand can participate in real-time lectures or access online recordings. Units are taught in six-week teaching periods, meaning you can cover a greater breadth of topics in a shorter period of time.

Up-to-date information – ACPNS is recognised as a dynamic education leader both here and overseas and offers a teaching and research environment designed to meet sector needs. Our courses are a winning balance of theory and practical experience.

Enhance your current career or transition into a new one Our courses are well known and highly regarded in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector and are tailored to equip students for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations.

Build your networks – You will be studying with people who are just as passionate about the sector as you are and our lecturers are enthusiastic experts in their field.


OUR COURSE AT A GLANCE

6TP2 (4 March – 14 April 2017)
GSN481 Philanthropic and Nonprofit Frameworks of Governance
The unit explores contemporary understandings of philanthropic and nonprofit governance in the context of social, economic and political systems. It locates these understandings in various theoretical and descriptive frameworks providing students with both the knowledge and analytical skills that are necessary to reflect critically on philanthropy and nonprofit governance systems and their environments.
GSN484 Management for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organisations
In the context of the multiple management challenges facing nonprofit and philanthropic entities, this unit provides students with an introduction to contemporary thinking and practice in the effective and efficient management of organisations. While the focus is on nonprofit management, wider management and organisational theory will be drawn on in order that proactive responses to situations, problems and dilemmas facing nonprofit organisations can be developed by students.

6TP3 (8 May – 16 June 2017)
GSN483 Ethics for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organisations
This unit introduces students to ethical theories and constructs with a focus on producing effective personal and professional resolutions to those ethical dilemmas specifically associated with philanthropic and nonprofit organisations. The unit recognises the distinctive mission and character of these organisations, while seeking to provide an understanding of integrity and response-ability.

GSN487 Introduction to Social Enterprise
The nonprofit sector continues to mature and expand with the establishment of more sophisticated social enterprise programs. With significant reductions in the traditional sources of revenue, increasingly sophisticated competition and dramatic changes in expectations from clients and stakeholder groups, the need for effective strategy and implementation has grown. The unit offers a background to social enterprise and associated issues.

6TP4 (3 July – 11 August 2017)
GSN485 Legal Issues for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organisations
The unit introduces students to critical issues of philanthropic and nonprofit law and taxation. The unit examines the regulatory, taxation and governance framework of nonprofit organisations and philanthropic transactions in Australian Federal and State jurisdictions.

GSN488 Fundraising Development Principles
This unit considers the broad factors that influence fundraising/development success. It applies theories of marketing, public relations and management to fundraising and development and builds an understanding of the philanthropic environment. It re-examines the principles of fundraising/development, institutional readiness, case statement preparation, leadership, constituencies and research to build understanding of the context in which good development practice occurs.

6TP5 (4 September – 13 October 2017)
GSN486 Accounting and Finance Issues for Philanthropic & Nonprofit Organisations
This unit introduces students to an overview of financial reporting. The unit begins with an overview of the purpose of accounting and the types of financial statements that comprise a financial report. The unit also focuses on the Australian financial reporting framework and whether an Australian accounting standard for nonprofit organisations is required. International comparisons are made.

GSN489 Fundraising Development Techniques
This unit builds on GSN488 to delve into particular techniques of resource mobilisation in nonprofit organisations. It considers a range of income generation vehicles and techniques including capital and major gifts, special events, bequests, direct mail, telemarketing, e-fundraising, gift clubs and the art of building donor relationships. It also examines professional evaluation of fundraising programs.


WE’RE HERE TO HELP
We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about our courses or enrolment please call us on 07 3138 1020 or email acpns@qut.edu.au

ENROL NOW

ACPNS/FIA Alumni Anniversary Breakfast – A fab event!

captureThank you to everyone who attended last week’s ACPNS/FIA Alumni Anniversary Breakfast.

Thank you to our fab speakers, Angela Perry of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, Wendy Scaife and Myles McGregor-Lowndes. It was great to get a glimpse of the fascinating data coming out of Giving Australia 2016, the largest ever research effort into philanthropic behaviour to understand how, why and how much Australians give to charity.

We also raised the highest amount ever through our raffle and thank each of our prize sponsors for their generosity. Every cent will go towards ACPNS student scholarships and bursaries in 2017.

Another great event everyone, thank you!

 

ACPNS have a presence at ARNOVA

arnCentre Director, Associate Professor Wendy Scaife and Subject Area Coordinator, Dr Craig Furneaux are currently in Washington DC attending ARNOVA’s 45th Annual Conference: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Government: Policy and Partnerships in an Era of Change.

ARNOVA is the premier nonprofit conference in the USA and attracts large numbers and high quality researchers from around the world. Craig is presenting a poster and paper which is the first publication on the ‘skills nonprofit managers need’ project.

Wendy will be speaking about comparative philanthropy and Giving Australia 2016, the largest ever research effort into philanthropic behaviour to understand how, why and how much Australians give to charity.

Upcoming ACPNS/FIA Alumni Anniversary Breakfast – Highlights from Giving Australia 2016

Your chance to preview key themes and fundraising messages from the largest ever study on giving and volunteering in Australia!

This year’s ACPNS/FIA Alumni Anniversary Breakfast is not to be missed! The event will focus on Giving Australia 2016, whose findings will be launched officially in December.

This multi-data project, led by ACPNSthe Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs and funded by the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, seeks to understand how, why and how much Australians give and volunteer in 2016 and what this means for the nonprofit and philanthropy sector. Special guest is Angela Perry of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, and Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Associate Professor Wendy Scaife will discuss key current messages from:

  • individuals
  • charities
  • philanthropists and foundations, and
  • businesses, large and small

Hear about the gaps, barriers and opportunities revealed, most popular fundraising vehicles and what is top of mind right now for the different giving sources.

Date Tuesday 8 November 2016
Time 7.15am – 9.00am
Venue Victoria Park Golf Complex

Ball Room

Herston Road

Herston, QLD

Pricing FIA Member: $55

ACPNS Alumni Member: $55

Staff of Organisational Member: $65

Non-Member: $85

RSVP        REGISTER ONLINE

a-perryMs Angela Perry

Angela Perry is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership that provides advice to Government on fostering a culture of philanthropic giving, volunteering and investment in Australia.  Angela is also the CEO and Founder of Future Foundations Limited which engages mentors from business and creative sectors with disadvantaged children in rural and linguistically diverse communities. She is also a member of the Public Services Mutuals Task Force, launched in January 2014, by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals. Angela is a qualified Barrister and solicitor.

Angela recently resigned from her position as the Global Head of Business Development Equity Plan Solutions and Executive Client Partnerships for financial services company, the Link Group. She assisted with establishment of the charitable giving and volunteering arm of the Victorian branch of the Link Group and worked with the community and businesses to build innovation and capacity and has spent many years volunteering in various roles, including teaching English to newly arrived immigrants.

m-mcgregorProfessor Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM, PhD, MAdmin, LLB, BA

Myles McGregor-Lowndes is the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at QUT.

Myles’ special research interest is the law and regulation of nonprofit corporations and he is the author of several books and publications on such issues. He is a founding member of the ATO Charities Consultative Committee and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board. In 2003 Myles was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia ‘for service to the community by providing education and support in legal, financial and administrative matters to nonprofit organisations’.

w-scaifeAssociate Professor Wendy Scaife BBusComn; MBusMgt, PhD, FFIA, FPRIA

Wendy Scaife is the National Project Director for Giving Australia 2016 and the Director of ACPNS where she leads a small, experienced team that delivers large and diverse research and sector impacts.

Wendy was on the National Compact and Research Australia Philanthropy Steering Committees, serves on the Charities Aid Foundation and US Association of Fundraising Professionals research committees and a disaster grants committee for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. She facilitates Queensland’s Social Investors Network and chairs a community heritage/social capital project. She was formerly a state CEO/ national Deputy CEO of a major health nonprofit.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Information Evening

ThinQUTLooking to make a difference? We are.

As the sector’s demand for qualified professionals continues to grow, more and more people are undertaking study at ACPNS.

ACPNS is recognised as an education leader; our courses are well-known and highly regarded in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector and our alumni are highly sought-after by employers both here and overseas.

Find out how YOU can make a difference by fortifying your credentials as a specialist in the sector.

This event is designed to inform you about the study options open to you in 2017 and beyond. Whether you want to enhance your current career or transition into a new one, our courses provide the gold standard for educating tomorrow’s community leaders and will equip you for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations.

You will hear from a panel of ACPNS alumni on their experiences studying and working in the sector and you will also have the opportunity to speak directly with our lecturers about the study options most suited to you and your individual career goals.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Date Tuesday 23 August 2016
Time 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start / 7.30pm conclusion

(Drinks and nibbles will be provided)

Venue Queensland University of Technology

Gibson Room – Z Block, Level 10 (2 George St, Brisbane)

RSVP REGISTER ONLINE
There is no cost for this event

 

Important notice for our alumni: Don’t let your nonprofit qualifications expire

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Hayley, ACPNS alumnus and Founder of ATMA, a humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving education for underprivileged children in India

Completed the Graduate Certificate of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)?

Did you know your credit towards further study expires soon?

If you want to be considered for a place in the Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies), we urge you to consider enrolling in 2017.

Normally your prior studies in the Graduate Certificate of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) count as credit towards further study. However, under the Australian Qualifications Framework, this can only occur when your studies are considered ‘current’ – which means within five years of your graduating. If you wait longer than five years you may not be eligible for credit from your previous studies.

This is your chance to further your education and graduate sooner.


What additional areas could I study?

There is a large degree of flexibility in our courses. You can choose to generalise across a range of areas, or focus on disciplines such as management / HR, advertising and marketing or accounting and finance. We can work with you to design a course of study which will help you to achieve your career objectives, whatever they might be.

We also offer Research degrees at the Masters and PhD levels, for eligible students.


How long do I have to decide?

In order for your previous studies to count, you will need to enrol in further study within five years of graduating. Credit can only be granted for previous studies which are considered ‘current’. As you graduated within the last four years you will need to enrol in further study soon in order to receive credit for the units you have already completed.


How much credit will I receive?

Providing you have successfully completed all eight core units of the Graduate Certificate, you will normally receive 48 credit points towards your next course.


So what does that mean for future courses?

It means you can substantially reduce the time and cost of completing further study at ACPNS.


What nonprofit courses can I apply for?

Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

Hone your analytical, decision-making, communication and problem solving skills to advance your career. This two year program can be completed in 1.5 years using your credit from the Graduate Certificate as these are effectively the foundation units for the Masters degree.

Apply now and you will gain 48 credit points of study towards your degree.


Why choose ACPNS for further study?

Our courses are designed to equip you with knowledge and skills for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations. Unlike other courses on the market, we have a huge degree of flexibility to design a course of study tailored to your unique needs and aspirations.

Skills critical to nonprofit management, such as problem solving, creative thinking, negotiation, ethical practices, teamwork, leadership, networking and information management are incorporated into the teaching, learning and assessment.

The learning outcomes of our courses have been refreshed to provide you with a more engaging and real world learning experience. Assessment items are practically focussed to develop solutions to real world problems.

You will build skills and knowledge relevant to the specialised third sector and core content is framed by the international Nonprofit Academic Centers Council curriculum.


I’m so busy already – how will I fit it all in?

The majority of ACPNS students are working, have family commitments and other activities that take up a lot of their time. We know that. Our courses are offered part-time or full-time and, where possible, can be tailored to meet your particular interests, time-frames and abilities.

Our lecturers are committed to helping you achieve your study goals and will assist you every step of the way. We provide tailored course planning advice to develop a study plan for each student. Careful planning can help you to balance work, family and study, so please make a time to talk to us early in your course.


Ok, I’d like to find out more – where to from here?

Contact us

You can contact ACPNS by phone on 07 3138 1020 or email acpns@qut.edu.au to find out more about applying for credit and the study options open to you.

Online

Find out more about credit for prior learning and ACPNS courses online.

Subject Selection Evening

We strongly encourage you to attend our upcoming Subject Selection Evening on 23 August. This will give you the opportunity to hear from other alumni who have returned to study, find out more about the exciting changes to our Masters programs and speak directly with ACPNS lecturers about the study paths most suited to you and your career goals.


Find out more and register  

Important dates in 2017

31 January – On time closing date for course applications (late applications may be accepted but may incur a fee)

4-5 March – Intensive Weekend (on campus)


We’re here to help
We would love to hear from you. If you would like to find out more about applying for further study, have any questions or would like to enrol in further study please call us on 07 3138 1020 or email acpns@qut.edu.au

We are always happy to help.

Contribute to the sector by becoming a reviewer to one if its premier journals

NVSQThe philanthropy and nonprofit sector is a rapidly growing area of research, social policy and social action. This dynamic field is at the center of such contemporary public policy debates as the future of federal social policy, the changing role of religion in public life, national service, and the privatisation of public services.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, is an international, interdisciplinary journal for nonprofit sector research dedicated to enhancing our knowledge of nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, and voluntarism by providing cutting-edge research, discussion, and analysis of the field. NVSQ provides a forum for researchers from around the world to publish timely articles from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Founding ACPNS Director Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes has been invited to continue as a member on the NVSQ editorial board. The incoming co-editors of NVSQ, Chao Guo, Angela Bies and Susan Phillips are seeking a wider range of reviewers. If you would like to put your name forward as a reviewer or you have an article you would like published in NVSQ please contact Myles by email on m.mcgregor@qut.edu.au

Submission guidelines

ACPNS researcher keynote speaker at Better Boards Conference

GavinBoard members and management committees of nonprofits are in a unique position to influence the performance of their organisation and the sector.

Over the weekend ACPNS researcher Associate Professor Gavin Nicholson presented to a packed house at the annual Better Boards conference in Melbourne.

The Better Boards Conference is the premier governance and leadership conference for leaders of Australasia’s nonprofit organisations. This year’s theme was Game-Changing Moves… Governing for Maximum Impact. Presentations focused on board and leadership discussions on four key areas: Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology. Find out more about the Better Boards Conference

Gavin outlined the basis for thinking differently in the boardroom. The presentation was packed with practical tips on how boards can implement changes in their (1) mental models; (2) accountability systems; (3) governance routines and (4) knowledge bases. He emphasised the paradoxical nature of many aspects of the board’s work and provided a series of checklists to guide boards seeking to think differently.

The presentation was based on an almagum of case analysis. For instance, since 2002 ACPNS has been providing nonprofit boards with a collection of governance resources. The Developing Your Board (DYB) project, aims to assist nonprofit boards to become reflexive. Reflexive boards continually learn to adapt to changes in their environment and to manage the competing demands they face. Importantly for the life of the organisation, they are then able to pass these skills on to incoming board members. In this way long-term sustainability can be achieved. The presentation also included summaries of research by Jackie Bettington and Natalie Elms.

To find out how your nonprofit can benefit from governance resources and publications produced by ACPNS go to the Developing Your Board wiki.