Maree Whybourne

Maree WhybourneConsultant

: Australia (Sydney):

MA (Communication Management), BA (Politics, Anthropology, and Aboriginal Studies), DipEd, MAICD, CFRE

Maree has close to three decades of fundraising and donor engagement experience. She has held leading fundraising positions in the arts and education, welfare, health, and indigenous education. She also has experience with the international NGO sector including conducting workshops for the Not for Profit sector on behalf of the UN in Bhutan. Maree is an experienced CEO and sought after board member.

She has particular experience in strategic and major gift fundraising, coaching leadership positions, developing teams and working with boards having held positions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, St Vincent’s Private Hospital the Benevolent Society, and the Mary Mackillop Foundation.

Her voluntary experience includes tutoring the Certified Fundraising Executive course offered by the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Maree is a board member of several boards, including the Australian Himalayan Foundation.


Maree’s Consulting Services:

– Leadership coaching to create a philanthropic culture

– Major gift programs (development and coaching)

– Strategic plan development

– Fundraising campaigns



Maree is an exceptional NFP professional with a curiosity and love for people that translates to remarkable outcomes in relationship building, networking, leadership and mobilising funding and support. I have had the great pleasure of working with Maree as a fellow trainer of NFP’s and NGO’s, of advisory committees and Board in the NFP sector and as a mentor. She has some of the best insights into fundraising and donor development in Australia and is smart, determined, gracious and extremely capable. She is an excellent NFP leader and the kind of person everyone wants on their team.

Carolyn Hamer-Smith, International Aid and Development Consultant/Former CEO of Australian Himalayan Foundation

When I started at the University of Sydney’s Medical Foundation in late 2011, grateful patient fundraising as a system was a new concept. When we brought in Advancement Resources training with the university and AskRight and I met Maree, I knew straight away she’d been already instinctively using all the techniques we were teaching in her approach to her work. The empathetic focus on the patient and the family, the ability to get the doctors to understand and appreciate their role in the healing process made her one of the most effective medical fundraisers in the country. I’ve worked in senior positions at some of the top academic research universities in the U.S. (Stanford, University of California, San Francisco), and, as you can imagine, with the top fundraisers, and Maree is in that league, in terms of skills, dedication and talent.

Sue Merrilees, Advisor at Science Philanthropy Alliance/Former Director of Development at Sydney Medical School Foundation (The University of Sydney)



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