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Welcome to ACO

The Association of Charitable Organisations (formerly Association of Charity Officers) is the national UK umbrella body for Trusts and Foundations that give grants and welfare support to individuals in need. ACO was founded in 1946.

The funds managed by ACO members are discretionary and seek to complement and enhance welfare support provided by local and central government. Our members operate in the UK and across the globe. In recent years many funds have reviewed their operations, researching patterns of need and developing more strategic programmes of assistance

ACO provides support to its members through:

  • Networking: building peer networks providing opportunities for members to share and get advice and support
  • Raising standards: promoting good practice, tackling problems together and offering solutions
  • Lobbying and campaigning: giving our members a voice by responding to government consultations and raising awareness about the work of our member organisations
  • Information: providing members with up-to-date information tailored to their specific interests through our monthly newsletter "Charity News Review" and policy briefings
  • Online services: our website and member forums provide opportunities to seek and share advice and experience

ACO Network Events in 2018

ACO Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings

The next Grant Making Forum and Under Fives meeting takes place on Monday 26th November from 11am-1pm at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street London W1G 8YS. 

Fiona Bell, The OT Practice

Transformational helplines (Helplines that change lives)

Ron Moody and Rusty Livock from connect Assist and a panel from Help Musicians UK, Film & TV Charity and UK Theatre and SOLT (Society of London Theatres).

We break for lunch at 1pm so bring a sandwich and stay for the Under Fives meeting, for solo workers and small teams.

We are grateful to BDABF for supporting these events

ACO Book Launch

ACO invites you the launch of our new publication “Helping Individuals in Need: A guide to good practice for charities” by Caroline Aldred and Clementine Cowl.

This toolkit is intended for those running a charity that gives grants to individuals in need. The idea came out of the questions that arise frequently at ACO meetings. For instance: “our trustees want to offer loans to applicants, but can we do this and what are the legal implications?” or “how should we manage home visits?” We hope that this guide will assist in finding answers to these questions. 

In the smallest of these charities, staff often have responsibility for a wide range of the charity’s activities, from grant making to fundraising, and may find themselves feeling as though they are ‘doing it all’. This guide provides tips aimed particularly to assist with this juggling act in delivering the charity’s aims.

To be held at CCLA in the City of London on 6th December 2018 at 4.30pm for 5pm start, to be followed by pre-Christmas drinks.

Free copies of the book will be available at the event

ACO is grateful to CCLA for their support in publishing the book and hosting the launch.

You can book here

Save the Dates!

Grant Making Forum and Under Fives 2018
  • 26th November
Grant Making Forum and Under Fives 2019
  • Tuesday 26th February
  • Thursday 13th June
  • Wednesday 11th September
  • Monday 25th November

Our Corporate & Associate Members

CaSE Insurance
Charles Stanley
Connect Assist
Co-Op Electrical
Eddie Green Graphic Design
HSF Health Plan
Icaris Sentinel
Investec Wealth & Investment
James Hambro & Partners
Kingston Smith LLP
Law Express
Newton Investment Management
Quilter Cheviot
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
Smith & Williamson
The OT Practice
Wilsons Law LLP
Yoke & Co

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