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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

Thursday 14 June 2018 - Safeguarding

The next ACO Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meeting takes place on Thursday 14th June 2018 at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS from 11am-1pm (GMF) and 1.30-3.30pm (Under Fives).

The topic of this Grant Making Forum is Safeguarding.


Dr Sarah Carlick from The Athena Programme

Chris Rowse, Partner at Russell-Cooke

We are grateful to BDABF for supporting these events.

Save the Dates!

Grant Making Forum and Under Fives 2018

• 14th June

• 12th September

• 26th November

ACO Annual Conference 2018

ACO's Annual Conference 2018 will be held on Friday 27th April at One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Members and non-members welcome.

For more information  Click here

To book Click here

Our Corporate & Associate Members

Advising London
CaSE Insurance
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
Psigma Investment Management
Quilter Cheviot
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
Smith & Williamson
The OT Practice
Whirlpool Corporation
Wilsons Law LLP
Yoke & Co

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