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Last updated April 2016


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.

Bringing together people who help people

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 Business School.

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.

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."

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