About Us


Vision, Mission & Values

Our Company

Our People



The Stand Like Stone Foundation, established in 2004, is a dynamic community foundation serving the Limestone Coast (in the South East of South Australia). 

Stand Like Stone offers individuals, families, groups, corporations and not-for-profit organisations an easy and satisfying way of giving something of real value back to the community that they care about. 

All donations to Stand Like Stone are pooled and invested. The income generated from this investment is used over time to support charitable projects and organisations and to give educational scholarships.

Stand Like Stone offers grants for charitable projects benefitting the Limestone Coast and offers educational scholarships to students with a connection to the Limestone Coast.  Stand Like Stone also facilitates projects which contribute to the community in many ways, resulting in both financial and social benefit, such as the Back to School and Stay at School programs.


Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

Investing in our community for lasting impact

Our Mission

Growing funds and building relationships for investment in the strength and wellbeing of our Limestone Coast communities.  Encouraging collaborative and community-led initiatives. Helping our communities address their needs.

Our Values

The values of the Stand Like Stone Foundation are:

Engaging with our community in all its diversity

Facilitating partnerships that add value to Stand Like Stone and the community

Being open, transparent and accountable in all aspects of Stand Like Stone's operations, being cost effective and sustainable, adhering to proper corporate governance and funds management principles

Valuing and respecting our donors, funding partners and applicants, upholding their dignity and listening actively to their ideas and concerns

Strengthening our community by increasing the capabilities and resilience of individuals, groups and organisations


"Life is mostly froth and bubble, 
Two things stand like stone, 
KINDNESS in another's trouble, 
COURAGE in your own" 

Adam Lindsay Gordon


Our Company

The Stand Like Stone Foundation is incorporated as a Public Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act and is therefore required to report to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the public about its activities. If you would like to see a PDF version of the Foundation's structure, click here

Stand Like Stone is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) as a Charitable Institution and is exempt from income tax and must ensure that its activities are charitable.

The public company, Stand Like Stone Foundation Ltd, is the trustee of the Public Ancillary Fund, the Open Fund and the Educational Scholarship Fund where gifts to Stand Like Stone are held.  Each fund is established by a separate Trust Deed. 

The trustees are responsible for investment decisions and for ensuring that income is distributed in line with the stated purposes in the trust deeds.  The trustee owes fiduciary duties under the various Trustee Acts and the common law. Stand Like Stone's Public Ancillary Fund and Educational Scholarship Fund have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.  These are the Funds to which tax-deductible donations can be given.  

Stand Like Stone is committed to good corporate governance practice and principles.  The Constitution provides governance requirements and states that Stand Like Stone is not for profit and that its income will be applied to public charitable purposes. 

The Board is responsible for ensuring that Stand Like Stone's legal responsibilities are met.  

Stand Like Stone's legal requirements are covered by the:

  • Stand Like Stone Foundation Ltd Constitution
  • Stand Like Stone Foundation Open Trust Deed
  • Stand Like Stone Foundation Public Fund Trust Deed
  • Stand Like Stone Foundation Educational Scholarship Trust Deed

If you are interested in viewing the above documents, please contact the Executive Officer on 08 8721 0480.

Stand Like Stone has a section 6 licence and section 7 licence under the Collections For Charitable Purposes Act, 1939 which authorises Stand Like Stone to collect money or goods for the charitable purpose of grant making. 


Our People

Stand Like Stone is governed by a Board of Directors made up of unpaid representatives from the Limestone Coast who meet the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) definition of having ‘community responsibility’.   

The directors are assisted by an Executive Officer, who is employed three days a week, and an Executive Assistant, who is employed one day a week. The Stand Like Stone Foundation has a small office in Mount Gambier.



Bill DeGaris

Bill has been a Director of the Stand Like Stone Foundation since 2006.  Bill is a member of Rotary International and has held many positions, including Club President, and Chairman, Rotary District Youth Exchange. Bill served 10 years as a Board member of the South East Regional Health Service, which included 5 years as Chairman.  Bill is a lawyer and is practice principal of DeGaris Lawyers in Mt Gambier. He has practiced for over 35 years in South Australia and Victoria. Bill is passionate about Corporate Governance and provides training and development in Corporate Governance to community groups and businesses. Bill was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Stand Like Stone Foundation in December 2014.

Dr Ruth Schubert

Ruth Schubert joined the LH Martin Institute in 2014 as the Program Director, VET and has since been appointed Associate Director. Ruth was previously the Director, Business Transformation with TAFE SA, and was asked to take on the role at a critical mid-way point in the change process involving the three separate South Australian TAFE Institutes becoming one organisation under a statutory authority. The transformation involved the realignment of over 2,500 staffing positions, major business improvement projects, and management of internal and external consultants. The reinvention of TAFE SA as a statutory authority was an integral part of the Skills for All reforms. Ruth has experience in private RTOs, the schooling sector, universities, and most recently 15 years in executive positions in TAFE Institutes. Ruth has had several stints as A/Managing Director, TAFE SA Regional. Ruth was instrumental in the process of TAFE SA Regional winning the State and National 2011 Large Training Provider of the year. Ruth’s considerable expertise in the Vocational and Training Sector includes executive education and corporate roles. Ruth served as a member, then Deputy Chair and Chair for the Limestone Coast RDA Board for 5 years. Ruth has been a Director of the Stand like Stone Foundation since 2004, and now serves as Deputy Chair of the foundation.  Ruth is an inaugural member of the Governor's Leadership Foundation, graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded a Premier’s Award for Postgraduate Research into Lifelong Learning 2001.Ruth’s research interests are in leadership, social capital, building successful communities and the structure and positioning of the Tertiary Education sector. Ruth is currently leading two major research projects, the first profiling institutional diversity of vocational education providers across Australia, and the other investigating quality teaching in the Victorian VET sector.

Rob Ellerman

Rob has over 35 years of Accounting experience in Public Practice and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Justice of the Peace.  Rob has an interest in Agriculture particularly the wine industry, having attended Wagga Agricultural College.  He has served on numerous school, sporting and child care committees over the years acting as treasurer, president and conducting honorary audits for various charitable and sporting associations.  He has played representative tennis and rugby and maintains a strong interest in these fields.  Rob has a strong sense of community spirit and is focused on seeing the Stand Like Stone Foundation have an active role in the community.  Rob joined the Stand Like Stone Foundation as a Director in 2005.  Rob’s company R Y Ellerman and Co Pty Ltd sponsors the Foundation by providing an accounting service.  

Robert Mock

Robert has joined the Stand Like Stone Foundation Board in 2012.  Robert comes from a farm in the Bordertown area.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors FAICD and was a director of a public unlisted company for 10 years.  Robert served on the Catchment Water Management Board for 5 years followed by 5 years on the South East Natural Resources Management Board and chaired the Audit and Finance Committee during his term.  He holds a certificate in Rural Business Management and served on the Seed Services Advisory Council.  Robert and his wife Glenda have travelled widely and enjoy absorbing the culture of regions including comparatively undeveloped countries.  Robert is currently a member of the Tatiara District Council and Chair of the Engineering Committee and the Waste Management Committee.  He represents the South East Local Government Association on the Coorong and Limestone Coast Coastal Management Group.  His interest in Stand Like Stone is centred on building a strong financial base for the funds, and prudent management to optimise distributions, which enhance opportunities for the whole Limestone Coast.

Lucy Ryan

Lucy Ryan joined Stand Like Stone Foundation in 2014 representing the Keith District. She lives on a family farming property near Keith. Lucy works part time with the School Dental Service in Bordertown as a Senior Dental Therapist and as such, has regular involvement with many young families throughout the Tatiara. Lucy has previously held the position of Chair of the Keith & District Hospital Auxiliary and has been involved in extensive fundraising activities. Lucy's interest in Stand like Stone goes back to when our dear friend Mig Brookman was such a passionate advocate for philanthropy in our small communities, especially when "Mig's Vision" was launched as a Stand Like Stone Sub Fund for the Keith Hospital. Lucy is also keen to see the Sub Fund for the Keith Area School grow and increase awareness of Stand Like Stone in and around the Keith District.

Donna Jaeschke

Raised in Mount Gambier, Donna moved to Adelaide to undertake her Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice before returning to Mount Gambier to take up a position at DeGaris Lawyers in 2010. Donna is now an Associate Partner of the Firm and heads up the criminal law practice, as well as practicing in Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, Wills and Estates and Victims of Crime Compensation. Donna is actively involved in sport throughout the region and is the current Secretary and A Grade Coach of the Glencoe Netball Club as well as being actively involved with the Mid South East Netball Association. Donna became involved in Stand Like Stone as an Alternate Director for Bill DeGaris, was a dancer in the 2012 Swinging with the Stars and became a Director in her own right in 2014.

Rhett McDonald

Rhett McDonald is a Therapeutic Counsellor/Case Manager working with Families and Young People in the Limestone Coast.  Rhett has extensive experience working in the international and humanitarian sector with a number of years spent on assignments in Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe in the field of children’s health, training & development and safety & security.  Rhett returned home to the Limestone Coast in 2007.  Through his strong community involvement Rhett was awarded the Penola Riddoch Ward Australia Day Citizen of the year award in 2012 for his contribution to the local community. As an advocate for youth, community wellbeing & the arts Rhett has held a number of roles in local community committees and organisations.

Fiona Pulford

With over 20 years experience in the early childhood development sector Fiona is a passionate advocate for supporting carers involved in the education of others. As an Educator she has developed a large range of innovative community parenting programs.  A community Development Worker Fiona also has experience with Family Day Care Coordination, Long Day Care and the coordination of Child Protection Curriculum Delivery in schools. She is ardent in her determination to open pathways for marginalised people to engage them in accessing existing services which can strengthen their parenting and their confidence. Fiona has been an advocate for reducing the significant gap in AEDC witnessed in Mount Gambier, mobilising wide level multi sector support to do this. She was involved in conceiving, building and advocating for the Mount Gambier Children’s Centre, and as the first employee has spent the past 5 years embedding community development practices from this base.

Sally Klose

Sally Klose is employed by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council as the Manager Governance and Community Development.  In this role Sally is responsible for all apsects of governance and communications and oversight of the Public Library, Visitor Information Centre and tourism, town halls and Community Services department. Prior to this Sally was employed in the community philanthropy sector working as the Executive Officer of the Stand Like Stone Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Limestone Coast.  In 2014 Sally received an Award for Excellence from Australian Community Philanthropy for “outstanding achievements and contributions to philanthropy through the Community Foundation movemement”. Sally has assisted many community groups with community planning and development and providing advice on sourcing funding and writing grant applications. Sally’s experience is backed by graduate qualifications in management and business.  Sally has completed the Company Directors Course Diploma.Sally and her husband Chris operate a 3,000 acre mixed farming business with land in Lucindale and Kingston. 

Kate Facy

Kate Facy has a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting from Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness from the University of Sydney.  A Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. Kate has lived and worked in Regional South Australia and Western Victoria for over 40 years. During that time Kate has been on various boards and committees including Community Radio Station 5 TCB, Beachport Primary School, Tenison Woods College, Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre and  PEAK.  Kate is a specialised Agribusiness Banker with the Commonwealth Bank for the last 10 years. Kate is passionate about the growth and sustainability of regional communities.

Ben Hood



Georgie McKay

Georgie McKay has experience in business and industry and has previously held positions in the fields of marketing, administration and finance. Georgie holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing Major) and is from the Lucindale area. She is an active member of her local community and is involved with many community committees and sub-committees, including the Governing Council of Lucindale Area School (where she is currently Chairman, has previously held the position of  Deputy Chairman and Treasurer and is a member of several school sub-committees), Naracoorte & Districts Little Athletics Association and Robe Surf Life Saving. Georgie is a member of the Lucindale PA&H Society (where she held the position of Treasurer). She enjoys working with children and coached junior tennis for a number of years and was instrumental in the implementation of the Junior Tennis Hotshots program for the Lucindale Community. She was also actively involved in the Lucindale Auskick program for many years. Georgie is a current member of the Mayor’s Community Consultation Working Group for the District Council of Robe and the Caves Connection Project (a project undertaken by the Naracoorte Lucindale District Council). She is a passionate community member who believes that we must “put in” in order to “get back”. Georgie is a financial member of Impact100 SA and was the 2016 Recipient of the Australian Community Philanthropy Award for Excellence & Achievement. Georgie is a Board Member of Australian Community Philanthropy, the peak body for Community Foundations in Australia. Georgie has been employed in the position of Executive Officer of the Stand Like Stone Foundation since October 2012. In this role she aims to further develop positive relationships and strong networks across the region and raise awareness of Stand Like Stone in all areas of the Limestone Coast.



Sally Bailey

Sally Bailey is employed on a permanent/part-time basis in the Accounts and Grants areas of Stand Like Stone Foundation. Sally contributes to the effective administration of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and provides invaluable assistance in the areas of accounting based activities, donor and grant seeker management, data entry, records management, program management, and other clerical support.



Mr Ray Scott

Sue Charlton AM

Sue Charlton AM was the inaugural Chairman of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and held this position for 10 years, retiring in December 2014.  Under her leadership, the foundation celebrated it's 10th Anniversary and achieved several significant milestones including, surpassing $1 million held in trust for the Limestone Coast community and distributing over $600,000 to the Limestone Coast community.   Sue is a member of the Swinging with the Stars committee and the Limestone Coast Tattoo committee and has seen these events grow into significant and sustainable community based fundraising events for the foundation.  Sue is a founding member, Director and Chairman of Australian Community Philanthropy, a group established to represent the interests of Community Foundations across Australia.  Sue has pursued a career in paediatric physiotherapist, working with children and families in the Limestone Coast community for the past 35 years.  Sue is an Adjunct lecturer with the University of South Australia and Flinders University teaching clinical practice to physiotherapy students, a member of the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health Clinicians Advisory Group and was the Limestone Coast Representative on the Rural Medical Family Network State committee in South Australia.  At a national level Sue is the National Paediatric Group representative on the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  Sue has been actively involved in school and local community groups including the Red Cross Service Group, Women's and Children's Hospital Group and the Moorak Hall committee and is a Friend of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Sir Robert Helpmann theatre and the Riddoch Art Gallery.  Sue’s family has established the LM Woodruff Memorial Scholarship to support students to undertaking nursing studies. In 2014 Sue was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of South Australia through a range of philanthropic and charitable organisations, and to physiotherapy. Sue’s commitment, contribution and achievements as the inaugural Chairman of the Stand Like Stone Foundation were formally recognised in February 2015, by appointing her as Patron of the foundation alongside Ray Scott.



Brian and Sue Page

Brian Page

Brian Page was a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2004  until 2017. Brian was the inaugural Chair on the interim steering committee for the Community Foundation project.  Brian was also the Foundation’s Founding Donor and has established scholarships for students at Mount Gambier High School, Kingston Community School and Keith Area School.  Through Wepar Nominees Brian and his wife Sue sponsor the Foundation’s operations.  Brian was a member of the Limestone Coast Area Consultative Committee since its inception in 1995 and has a Bachelor of Engineering (chemical) from Adelaide University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Wood Science and won a national award for Technical Literature in 1987.  Brian has extensive experience in business and industry, and has a strong community involvement, especially in social, cultural and environmental issues.