Important news from our Executive Officer


It is with a great deal of gratitude that I share the news that I will be moving on from the Fremantle Foundation.

After 10 years of effort, it’s time to take a break from work, spend time with my family and explore other opportunities. I made these decisions prior to the pandemic.

These are now challenging and uncertain times for everyone, particularly community organisations. The Fremantle Foundation is currently working hard on plans to play our role in the COVID-19 crisis. As with the bushfires over summer, we will be there for the community at this time of great need.

Sue Stepatschuk will fill the role of Acting Executive Officer, supported by Brooke Aslett, Grants and Administration Officer.  I will stay on in a part-time capacity for the next few months in the role of Philanthropy Advisor to assist Sue and Brooke and ensure a smooth handover.

Sue joined the Fremantle Foundation as the Donor Engagement and Operations Manager in late 2019.  She holds formal qualifications including a Bachelor of Business, Grad Cert in Social Impact and Cert IV in Strategic Marketing.   This is complemented with an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of mental health, arts and tourism.

Her passion for Western Australia and inspiration to help build stronger communities was born from her experience of growing up in the remote southeast town of Esperance.  Here her family where very active in serving and bettering the local community.  She still maintains deep connections that extend across regional WA and is well placed to guide the Fremantle Foundation into the next stage of its development.

It has been a great privilege to be part of a 10 year effort to help establish the Fremantle Foundation, which now plays an important role in Fremantle, across Perth, and into regional WA.

Through the Fremantle Foundation, we have connected WA with community foundations across Australia and formed international ties that have brought social impact and philanthropic best practice to our state.

I’m proud to be part of a team that has accepted over $4M in donations, granting out over $2M on behalf of donors to the Fremantle and WA communities across a broad range of issues such as Homelessness, Mental Health, the Environment, Young People and First Nations causes.

Importantly, over the last 10 years, the Fremantle Foundation has inspired an endowment of approximately $2M to be managed in perpetuity. This amount will be nurtured and grown further, to address the significant issues facing our society today and in the future.

With over 60 families, individuals and businesses establishing Named Funds with the Fremantle Foundation, our organisation has played a leading role in inspiring philanthropy in and for WA. And with expert advice helped donors amplify their giving.

With a strong board in place and an excellent team, the Fremantle Foundation is well placed to support our community and create positive change in the future.

I would like to thank the Board of directors(past and present), staff, donors, volunteers and broader “Fremantle Foundation family” for your support over the years.

The growth of the Fremantle Foundation is your achievement to celebrate.

All the very best,