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Every year ACO organises an annual conference with excellent speakers, thought-provoking programme and unparalleled networking opportunities, it has become an unmissable date in the diary for organisations helping people in need.
This year's annual conference has a strong cast of expert speakers including
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, Founder of ChildLine and The Silver Line, Shaks Ghosh,
Chief Executive of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, Sir Stuart Etherington,
Chief Executive of NCVO and Paul Palmer, Professor of Voluntary Sector
Management, and Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement at Cass
We also run quarterly Grant Making Forum meetings in London, Manchester and
York and quarterly meetings for organisations with small staff teams in London,
which are all free to members. Potential members can be invited to attend to get
an idea about ACO and its membership.
ACO also organises an Autumn Summit. This year it takes place in York.
"We have found the ACO conferences an invaluable and cost effective method
of inducting new Trustees. The high quality speakers added with the unrivalled
opportunity to network with other Trustees, staff and volunteers who work
within the benevolent sector really helps to embed the uniqueness of the work
which we do and the context in which we operate. We aim to engage every Trustee
with ACO events as a part of the Board's development plan".
"We have always found the ACO to be an immensely helpful and important
resource in our grant making. Events such as the Annual Conference and Forums
are important opportunities for sharing working practices and we have
appreciated fellow members' willingness to offer help and advice over similar
Founded in 1946
Registered Charity No. 1118605
Company No. 6113479
2nd Floor, Acorn House
314 – 320, Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8DP
Telephone: 020 7255 4480
Fax: 020 7255 4496