Maree Sidey

Chief Executive Officer (2015 - present) of Australian Communities Foundation (ACF), a non-profit Public Ancillary Fund supporting charitable giving. ACF 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.


Each year ACF directs millions of dollars in grants to charitable organisations to ensure they continue operating, can pursue strategic initiatives and fund their most critical projects. Since incorporation, ACF has made in excess of 5000 grants distributing $55 million to Australian and International communities.

ACF currently supports 300 sub funds (1000+ donors), $80+ million in funds under management and distributes approximately $8million p.a. through 600+ grants annually. ACF drives positive social change by using its expertise and in-depth knowledge of community issues to assist donors in making effective grants.

In late 2016 ACF launched a National Impact Fund, aimed at helping to create positive social change in four areas of concern to Australians; Indigenous Communities, Democracy, Inequality and the Environment. In its first twelve months of operation, the ACF Impact fund has leveraged $1M to support catalytic initiatives which will help create a fairer Australia.

Maree is also a Non-Executive Director of the Confident Girls Foundation (Netball Australia Foundation) and Australian Community Philanthropy (peak body for Community Foundations in Australia).

She is the recipient of a number of Scholarships including;

* Australian Graduate School of Management and Centre for Social Impact, MBA Social Impact Scholarship, 2017,

* Harvard Club of Australia Non Profit Fellowship, Perspectives in Non Profit Leadership at Harvard Business School, 2014.

* Chief Executive Women Fellowship (CEW), Women in Leadership, AGSM, UNSW, 2012

Maree was previously General Manager of Good Sports, Australia’s largest sport/health initiative. Prior to Good Sports, Maree spent four years as Director of Communications and Public relations at headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Maree has worked across health, education and youth sectors for the past 20 years. Maree is currently undertaking an MBA with a Social Impact specialisation at UNSW.

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