About the JSF

The Jim Stynes Foundation (JSF) perpetuates the work of the late Jim Stynes. Like Jim, the Foundation supports disadvantaged youth through his passion for sport, his allies and his charitable inceptions.

Public in nature, the Jim Stynes Foundation is a Public Ancillary Fund (PuAF) that distributes funds to worthy and specifically chosen registered charities. As a PuAF the public are invited to and can contribute to the Foundation. All contributions are then distributed to registered charities, as determined by the Foundation’s board.

“If you let go of fear you can do anything – you can chase the things you really want to do and live the life you were born to live.”

Board of directors

The Directors of the Jim Stynes Foundation are highly regarded professionals with exceptional reputations. The board takes seriously their responsibility to provide governance and management of the JSF.

Michael Hay

Michael is a partner and executive director in the Tax Consulting division of Pitcher Partners Melbourne. He has a passion for the not-for-profit sector and has extensive experience with private businesses.


Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience in the sports industry. Jennifer spent 14 years at the Melbourne Football Club, working closely with Jim Stynes during his presidency. Jennifer now works at the iconic MCG, overseeing the commercial portfolios for the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Sam Ludbey-Stynes

Sam, widow of the late Jim Stynes, owns and operates Jumbo Early Education. She has a passion for quality, sustainable business that exists to create a better future and contribute to charitable services.

100% Model

100% of all donations are distributed to our chosen beneficiaries. Sam Ludbey-Stynes personally pays all administration costs of the JSF so that every dollar donated flows through to the beneficiaries.

Each year Craig Silvester from Cummings Flavel McCormack (CFMC) audits the JSF financials maintaining absolute and quality audit and assurance.

Get involved

We’re currently looking for ambassadors and corporate sponsors. If you would like to join us and become part of the Jim Stynes Foundation support network we’d love to hear from you. Please fill out the Contact Us form and we’ll be in touch to discuss how you can help spread the word and/or become a valued sponsor.