The Association of Charitable Organisations (formerly Association of Charity
Officers) was founded in 1946 and is the national UK umbrella body for Trusts and
Foundations that give grants and welfare support to individuals in need.
The funds managed by ACO members are discretionary, and seek to compliment and
enhance welfare support provided by local and central government. Our members operate
in the UK and across the globe. Over the last few years many funds have reviewed
their operations, researching patterns of need and developing more strategic
programmes of assistance.
ACO's Autumn Summit
The Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA on Monday, 17 October 2016
from 10:30 to 5.30pm
The New Age of Inequality
After the referendum the UK has entered a period of uncertainty and economic
adjustment with the possibility of a major political and constitutional crisis.
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England predicts an increase in the number of
vulnerable households. The issues of inequality and division have taken on a new
significance. For grantmakers the work of providing support to needy people goes
on. How do we respond to events like these? Where do we get support and how do we
maintain the focus on poverty and inequality in an increasingly uncertain world?
Join us at the 2016 ACO Autumn Summit in York at 11am on 17th October to hear from
a range of expert speakers and take the opportunity to network with organisations
attempting to make sense of the major challenges ahead.
- Julia Unwin CBE - Julia has been Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation since 2007 and stands down in December. The Guardian has described her
as a "major player in the voluntary sector."
- Ed Cox, Director IPPR North. Ed was policy adviser to the communities and
local government secretary. He was previously the director of policy and public
affairs at the Local Government Information Unit, and served as a commissioner on
the Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion.
- Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at University of York. She
co-authored The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
and is a co-founder of The Equality Trust. She was a commissioner for the York
Fairness Commission and a commissioner for the Living Wage Commission.
- Jennifer Herrera is Executive Director of Acts 435, a revolutionary website
that allows people to give money directly to others.
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We are grateful to Family Fund and Renovo for
supporting this event
Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings
Thursday 15th September
The Fundraising Regulator
Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy at the Fundraising Regulator
Following media and political criticism of various aspects of charity
fundraising practices the Government asked Sir Stuart Etherington to review the
issues and propose a new regime for the regulation of charity fundraising. The
Fundraising Regulator is the result of this process. Gerald is an experienced and
knowledgeable expert on charity and grant making, was Director of Policy and
Partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund, chaired the former London Bombings Relief
Charitable Fund from 2005-2008 and was a member of the BBC Charitable Appeals
Committee from 2004-2009.
Charities under scrutiny
Chris Rowse, senior associate in the charity and social business team at
As the regulation of charities increases, there is a greater focus on the
responsibilities of charities and their trustees. Against this backdrop,
getting governance right has become even more important. In this talk, Chris
will look at recent developments and consider governance from a legal
perspective. He will draw on his practical experiences and cover issues
including: the principles behind delegation; common issues with governing
documents; taking decisions between board meetings; the appointment and retirement
of trustees; and, trustee terms of office.
Thursday 1st December
- Fiona Campbell-White, a partner at Wilsons Law. Fiona has particular
experience in acting for charities, having first advised them in the 1990s on a
wide variety of general contentious matters (from governance issues to
contract/tort disputes), with her more recent focus being on legacy and probate
- Michelle Jones, Head of Central Marketing at Kura and Kirsten McKenzie, Head
of Helpline Services at Turn2us. Details to follow.
Both meetings are held at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street,
London W1G 8YS from 11am- 1pm.
All GMF meetings are followed at 1.30- 3.30pm by the ever popular Under Fives
meeting for solo workers and members of small teams.
We are grateful to BDABF for supporting these