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Last updated April 2021


The ACO organises many networking events throughout the year, featuring fantastic speakers from across the sector. This includes our Annual Conference, bespoke webinars and quarterly grant-making forums. PLEASE NOTE: All our events are taking place virtually for the time being due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Upcoming 2021 Events

Dates for your diaries for upcoming events in 2021.

  • Grant Making Forum and Under Fives - Wednesday 16 June (Find out more)
  • Income Generation & Fundraising Group - Tuesday 29 June 11am - 12:30pm
  • Digital grants platform workshop (with Lightning Social Ventures) - Wednesday 14 July 2pm - 3:30pm
  • Collaboration Workshop - Tuesday 27 July 9:30am - 12:30pm

Grant Making Forum (GMF)

We run quarterly meetings in London, which are all free to members and feature 2-3 speakers on issues of interest to our sector. Potential members can be invited to attend to get an idea about ACO and its membership.
Meetings are held at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS, from 11am-1pm

Please note: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic these events are currently being held virtually on Zoom for the foreseeable future. 

Under Fives

The Under Fives meeting follows on from the GMF after a half-hour break for lunch to start at 1:30pm.

The objective of the Under Fives group is to support smaller charities with five staff or less to meet their stategic goals.

The group discusses how themes relevant to the benevolent sector (presented in the Grant Making Forum) translate to charities delivering on a smaller scale. The group also gives the opportunity to discuss hands-on issues outside of the workplace, enabling staff to deal with day-to-day issues.

The ACO is grateful to the British Dental Association Benevolent Fund for supporting these events.

What our members say:

"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 issues."


Grant Making Forum - 16 June 2021

We're looking forward to welcoming members to our next Grant Making Forum - an opportunity for members to come together to discuss and collaborate on a range of topical issues relevant to our sector.

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Charity Times Awards 2021

Entries are now open for the Charity Times Awards 2021!

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ACO Groups

ACO runs several working groups and forums that meet regularly throughout the year on different areas of focus for the charity sector and our member charities. If you wish to join any of the below groups, please get in touch with

Previous Webinars

Downloadable resources, recordings and presentations from previous ACO virtual events and webinars.

Grant Making Forum Past Presentations

Meetings are held at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS, from 11am-1pm. This is a "Members-only" event, everyone is welcome and attendance is free.

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics