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Last updated July 2017

ACO News

News and announcements from the Association of Charitable Organisations, including organised events, meetings and our work on your behalf.


  • Charity News Review: Advice to contributors - Screenshot of the latest edition of Charity News Review being edited on a workstation running InDesign
    Advice to contributors

    Charity News Review is the ACO newsletter. There are plenty of ways for members to contribute their work to other members!

  • Analogue-to-Digital - Composite image of a woman's finger touching a tablet device with roughly drawn icons relating to common internet and computer tasks floating around the screen

    As part of our new operational plan ACO has determined it will take a “digital first” approach. This will add a new dimension to our communications to a variety of existing audiences and expand our reach far beyond.

  • Trustees - A boardroom table with meeting notes
    ACO has a new Board of Trustees

    We welcome a new chair, treasurer and new trustees to the ACO board

  • ACO has a new Operational Plan - Man drawing charts, and infographics on a whiteboard
    ACO has a new Operational Plan

    Trustees approved a new operational plan for the ACO at its April board meeting. This plan builds on the previous Recruit & Retain plan and gives ACO a clearly defined vision and a set of stretching but realistic strategic objectives that are underpinned by two core principles (a digital first approach across all area and the investment of appropriate funds) that will guide all that we do until 2020.

  • Chief Executive Speech to the ACO AGM April 2017 - Closeup of microphone with audience blurred in the background
    CEO Speech to the ACO AGM April 2017

    CEO Dominic Fox's speech to an audience of ACO members at its annual conference in April 2017, outlining the reasons ACO was formed, its reason for continued existence and plans for the future

  • Trustees - A boardroom table with meeting notes
    ACO is recruiting Trustees

    We are looking to increase our current team of Trustees to support the continuous development of ACO. We are currently developing a new strategic plan to transform the services we offer our members.

  • ACO Banner - ACO Icon on dark coloured background
    Latest News November 2015

    ACO's submission to Work and Pensions Committee Local Welfare Safety Net Inquiry, with suggested recommendations on minimum standards

  • ACO Autumn Summit 2015 - ACO Autumn Summit 2015
    ACO Autumn Summit 2015

    Five years of austerity and the pace of economic and social change have challenged Trusts and Foundations to examine their ways of working. This conference, with its range of speakers, aimed to help delegates to engage in reflective and independent thinking.

  • Benchmarking Report 2014 - Scene showing graphs and charts printed out and on screen
    Benchmarking report published

    ACO in Partnership with Turn2us have published a revealing report about charitable practice . The report will enable charities to review their performance against similar funds in the sector and be an invaluable tool for impact measurement and future planning.

  • ACO Members Legal Helpline - showing illustration of lifebuoy and Russell Cooke Solicitors logo
    Legal advice line launched

    An exclusive offer to ACO members provided by Russell-Cooke LLP

  • ACO Launch Benepedia - An unusual shaped bookshelf filled with books
    ACO launch 'Benepedia'

    We have launched a new resource exclusively for ACO members, aimed at pooling information on policy, good practice and legislation affecting the charity sector

  • Charity Campaigning - Volunteer with collection tin
    News Archive 2014

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2014

  • ACO appoints Alison Taylor as trustee - Alison Taylor, director of Turn2Us
    News Archive 2013

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2013

  • ACO and ACF Merger - 3D illustration showing two groups building a jigsaw causeway
    News Archive 2012

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2012

  • ACO Banner - ACO Icon on light coloured background
    News Archive 2011

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2011