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Last updated November 2015

ACO changes its name and celebrates 65 years of supporting grant making to individuals in need

The ACO is celebrating 65 years of supporting grant making Trusts and Foundations which give grants and welfare support to people in need. Founded in 1946 as the Association of Charity Officers, the ACO has changed its name to reflect changing times. It will now be known as the Association of Charitable Organisations.

The ACO is celebrating 65 years of supporting grant making Trusts and Foundations which give grants and welfare support to people in need. Founded in 1946 as the Association of Charity Officers, the ACO has changed its name to reflect changing times. It will now be known as the Association of Charitable Organisations.

A new board of Trustees has been elected with a healthy gender balance. Over fifty per cent of trustees are women.

Adrian Rees Chair of the ACO said: “ACO is a unique and valued organisation. At a challenging time for umbrella bodies, the changes we have made are a clear signal that ACO intends to continue its role speaking for and supporting our members”.

Dominic Fox, Chief Executive said: “ACO is positioning itself as the umbrella organisation for Trusts and Foundations helping individuals in need through grants and welfare support. This was recognised by our founders in 1946 and today we have reaffirmed our commitment to improve and expand twenty first century philanthropy.”