Maree Sidey is 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 $56 million in grants to domestic and international communities. ACF current has more than $65 million in funds under management and distributes approximately $8million through 500 grants annually.
ACF drives positive change in domestic and international communities by using its expertise and in-depth knowledge of community issues to assist donors in making effective grants. ACF understands the charitable and philanthropic spectrum, from supporting service provision and direct relief of disadvantage, to developing social enterprise and exploring alternative and innovative funding approaches for philanthropy.
In 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.
Maree is also a Non-Executive Director of the Confident Girls Foundation, an affiliate of Netball 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 (Social Impact) at UNSW.