Lesley Ray

Executive Director - Philanthropy

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Lesley Ray MBus,CFRE, FFIA
Executive Director—Philanthropy

Lesley has been at Mater Foundation since 2004.  

During this time she has built strong relationships with many individual supporters, corporate partners, as well as the broader community who all have varied philanthropic goals.  Together, they help to raise millions of dollars each year to support the exceptional work of Mater Health, Education and Research. 

Lesley holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive from CFRE International and is a graduate of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology. She has a Master’s degree in philanthropic studies from ACPNS and her research focused on the emergence of giving circles and their relationships with non-profit organisations.

Lesley is the Deputy Chair of CFRE International and is a past Chair and Director of Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), where she continues to serve as a volunteer. She is also a founding member of Women & Change, Queensland’s first giving circle.