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Community philanthropy loses long-standing supporter

September 02nd, 2022

One of the founding members of the South Australian community foundation Stand Like Stone, Brian Page, has passed away.

Serving community was one of Brian’s guiding principles, exemplified by his role with other visionary community leaders on South Australia’s Limestone Coast when they established the foundation in 2004. Importantly, Brian was a committed advocate for the need to create a support structure that would help community-led philanthropy evolve and flourish in Australia.

Brian and his wife Sue were founding donors of Stand Like Stone, and Brian was the inaugural Chair on the interim steering committee for the Community Foundation project which later became Australian Community Philanthropy (ACP), now Community Foundations Australia.

He served as a director on the Stand Like Stone Foundation’s board until 2017 and became a Patron three years later.

Stand Like Stone CEO Roger Babolka said:

“Brian was a stalwart of Stand Like Stone, our Founding Donor, Patron, long term supporter and a very passionate philanthropist. Brian was always there for the Foundation and would often drop by to have a chat and see what he could do for us, even if was just collecting the mail or doing a bit of banking, he just wanted to help. He’ll be sadly missed by all in the Limestone Coast.’’

Brian had also been a member of the Limestone Coast Area Consultative Committee since its inception in 1995 and had a Bachelor of Engineering (chemical) from Adelaide University. He was a member of the Australian Institute of Wood Science and won a national award for Technical Literature in 1987. 

But it was the work he and Sue did with the Foundation that was emblematic of his connection to the local community. They established numerous scholarships for local schools including students at Mount Gambier High School, Kingston Community School, and Keith Area School. 

In 2010, Brian’s leadership in the community foundation sector was publicly recognised with the award for “Excellence and Achievement in the development of Australian Community Foundations”. 

The success of Stand Like Stone, South Australia’s largest community foundation, is a lasting testament to Brian’s vision and hard work. His legacy is also integral to the work of Community Foundations Australia, which as the peak body supports the growth of a national network of community foundations.

Gerlinde Scholz, Executive Officer of Community Foundations Australia, said: ‘Those of us who worked with Brian in the community foundation movement will always remember him fondly and with gratitude. Our thoughts are with Sue Page at this sad time. We share in a small way in her sense of loss.’’ 

He is survived by his wife Sue.

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