Our Philosophy

To Champion the Human Spirit


To Champion the Human Spirit is the philosophy integral to the Simon Lee Foundation.

At the Foundation, we believe in the causes we ‘Champion’.

The human spirit permeates everything we do at the Foundation.

About the Foundation

In 1994, Mr Simon Lee AO established the Simon Lee Foundation in Australia.

The Foundation aligns itself with charities which represent a cultural investment and have some significance in the community.

The Foundation also considers the significance of assisting appropriately worthy causes outside Australia.

The Simon Lee Foundation’s philanthropy is spread across the following core areas:


Arts  •  Community •  Education •  Medical Research


Our aim is to support and encourage excellence and make a meaningful and lasting contribution through the support of individuals who make a difference to our community.

Since 1994, the Foundation’s Alumni of beneficiaries has grown to over 200 recipients and continues to expand and flourish. Many of them have continued their pursuit of excellence in their fields locally, nationally and internationally.

On establishment of the Foundation, Sir Charles Court AK KCMG OBE, former Premier of Western Australia commented, “I believe in what the Simon Lee Foundation is trying to achieve and applaud Simon Lee for the example he sets in our community.”

Dr Eric Tan also remarked, “The Simon Lee Foundation represents a landmark in the contribution of the Chinese community to Western Australia. In community service, Mr Simon Lee has always acted with compassion, leadership and generosity. This Foundation will enable him to continue his tireless effort in helping to build a better community for all of us. He deserves our wholehearted support.”


Mr Ryan Lee

Mr Lee is an investment manager with over 20 years experience in funds management. He has been managing funds for sophisticated investors across commercial and syndicated property portfolios, listed domestic and international equities and venture capital.
He has served on Boards of investee companies and been active in the management and strategy setting for these companies.

Ms Cheryl Lee

Ms Lee is a Chartered Accountant with specific experience in financial reporting and audit.
Commencing her career with Ernst and Young she now focuses on private investments and analysis across various sectors including listed equities, commercial and residential property including syndicated investments and private equity.

Ms Sarah D’Onofrio

Ms D’Onofrio has a career spanning 20 years in the stockbroking industry with accumulated knowledge and skill across the areas of direct equity trading, corporate and wealth management in Australia.  She is an Associate Director of Canaccord Genuity, a leading full-service international financial services firm.  As a Trustee on the Foundation, Sarah is involved in the strategic planning and execution building enthusiasm and energy around project outcomes and relationships with large institutions across Australia in the Arts and Medical Research space. She is also the Chairperson for the Development Advisory Network at Telethon Kids Institute. Ms D’Onofrio is a member of The Stockbrokers and Investment Advisers Association.


The Simon Lee Foundation is proud to have supported artists, individuals and organisations who continue to champion the human spirit in their fields of endeavour. As part of a growing alumni, we encourage all previous recipients of awards and support to continue to engage with the Foundation as it continues to grow and flourish


Level 3, 150 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, Australia 6000

GPO Box 2705 Cloisters Square, Perth WA, Australia 6850