Maree Sidey

Chief Executive Officer

Maree Sidey, MBA (Social Impact), BSW, BA Hons.

Maree has been Chief Executive Officer of Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) since 2015.

Australian Communities Foundation vision is to activate a nation of givers to create a fairer Australia.  The organisation offers individuals, families, groups, corporates, 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 the Foundation responsibly invests its $100M+ corpus and 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 more than 6000 grants and distributed more than $80 million to Australian and International communities.

Maree also holds Non-Executive Director roles at Australian Community Philanthropy and Australian Progress. Prior to this role, spent twenty years working in the For-Purpose sector including family services, mental health, youth, and drug and alcohol organisations.

In her spare time, Maree is a passionate gardener and a Mum of 3 boys – 5, 12 and 14.


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Day 1: Sep 15, 2020

Day 2: Sep 16, 2020

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2:00 pm

Case Study: Australian Communities Foundation

Lessons Learned in Establishing a Roadmap to 100% Impact Investing

The Australian Communities Foundation has committed to a ensuring their portfolio is 100% responsible and impact investing. The plan achieved buy in at Board level, and they drafted up a detailed five-year plan and a road map for the progression to 100% impact investing. Take back lessons learned in how you can:
  • Transition through a methodical approach that involves all stakeholders
  • Address any trade offs in ROI and how to position a whole portfolio approach with your investment committee
  • Improve negative and positive screening to avoid harm and contribute to your mission
  • Negotiate the difficulties of implementing a whole impact investment portfolio
Create a blueprint for shifting your portfolio to a 100% impact investment model