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Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
Last updated September 2018

Grant Making Forum

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. No need to book (unless we ask), just turn up!

Our quarterly grant-making forum is held to bring ACO members together to discuss changing needs and priorities in the sector. Members can discuss concerns they have with their peers, share their work or plans with other members, and we aim to have at least two expert speakers at each session to stimulate conversation. 

It is an opportunity for you to meet with your peer group and share issues in confidence. This helps build relationships between our members and has resulted in much information and knowledge sharing over the years.

Dates for 2019:
  • Monday 25 November 2019
Dates for 2020
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020
  • Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Thursday 10 September 2020
  • Tuesday 24 November 2020
All GMF meetings are followed at 1.30-3.30pm by the ever-popular Under Fives meeting for solo workers and members of small teams. All members are welcome and there is usually a mix of new members and long-term members.

Grant Making Forum (GMF) - Monday 25 November 2019

Our next Grant Making Forum will be held on Monday 25 November 2019 at the British Dental Association in London (11am-1pm), with the Under-fives group after lunch at 1:30pm. Speakers include:

  • Joseph Howes (CEO, Buttle UK)Do we understand where we provide support collectively? 

We all know where we give support (and maybe where we don’t) as individual organisations. But what does this look like collectively? How do we know we’re not all working in exactly the same places and unknowingly ignoring others? If we understood this more, would we work differently? 

Joe will present what this looks like for a group of grant givers that have mapped their giving against wider research on ‘left behind’ areas in the UK and discuss with the group the value of pooling our data in this way. 

  • Rita Chadha (CEO, Small Charities Coalition) 

Small Charities do not have the resources or capacity to be able to attract wealthy donors, apply for large grants or large commissions. As a result, they are often dependent on larger charities to assist. 'Big Support Small' was a campaign run by the Small Charities Coalition exploring the way larger charities can support smaller agencies with support in kind, access to resources. A total of 38 national charities signed up, and in the next iteration of the project, we will be exploring ways in which small charities can help bigger charities. The project has been challenging... 

Rita Chadha joined as CEO of the Small Charities Coalition in July 2019. She has previously both worked for, and volunteered for a number of local, national and international charities. In addition, she was until last month chair of a CVS in East London and is currently a trustee of three other specialist small charities. 

  • Piers French (Director of Client, AO Business) 

Piers joined AO as the Director of Client in 2018 to establish a B2B division within the UK’s largest online-only electricals retailer. A year on, we are proud that we now serve the customers of some of the UK’s largest charities, housing associations, home builders and insurers. Highlights have included launching a Housing Association-focused affordable rental scheme with L&Q, Accent Housing and Northwards to tackle high-cost credit.

Piers’ focus is on building supplier partnerships with and delivering social value to charities, housing associations and other not-for-profits. Electricals are essential items, everyone deserves access to affordable appliances. Prior to joining AO, Piers providing consultative support to companies within travel, healthcare and automotive.

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


Index

DatePage 
October 2019

GMF September 2019

Below are videos of all presentations recorded at the grant-making forum held on 11 September 2019.

June 2019

GMF June 2019

In June's meeting we had two presentations, Paul McAfee from Family Fund presents a case study in setting up and managing a grant-making fund for BBC's Children in Need, including planning and operational challenges, and Huw Evans from aQmen takes a look at the range of cyber risks we all face, strategies for mitigating the impact and how insurance can help.

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
April 2019

GMF February 2019

In this meeting we hear from four presenters - Shehnaaz Latif from NCVO speaks about impact assessments and change development - Peter Davenport from Definition introduces us to the ACO-led PR project - Dawn Jackson from Turn2Us showcases their 'Living Without' campaign for white goods funding - and Paul Mitchell provides valuable advice on how to manage your investment managers.

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December 2018

GMF November 2018

This month we were pleased to welcome Fiona Wilson from The OT Practice who gave us an introduction to their network of occupational therapists and how charities might use the service. We also met senior executives from Connect Assist and three charity officers already using their helpline service who recounted their experience of implementing phone support.

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September 2018

GMF - 12 September 2018

This month we heard from two new partner organisations providing free support to ACO charity members - The Cranfield Trust and The Money Advice Service. We also hosted a round-table discussion on charity fraud and its detection.

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
June 2018

GMF - 14 June 2018

Two presentations on the subject of safeguarding. The first, presented by Chris Rowse and Jane Klauber, outline the legal requirements for serious incident reporting, frameworks for governance for trustees, chief executive and operations staff, and how and when to use the disclosure and barring service. The second, from Sarah Carlick, provides details about the need for change, legislative requirements, types of abuse, and how to establish and build upon safeguarding frameworks within your own organisation.

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February 2018

GMF - 27 Feb 2018

GDPR was the topic of this Grant Making Forum.

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November 2017

GMF - 30th Nov 2017

The final meet-up for members in 2017 at the BDA was packed to the rafters. Family Fund presented on measuring impact and CAST presented on digital for benevolent funders. The slides are embedded in the videos.

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
September 2017

GMF - 11th Sept 2017

Details of the meeting & presentations to view & download

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
June 2017

GMF - 29th June 2017

Details of the meeting, including documents and presentations.

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
December 2016

GMF - 1st Dec 2016

Presentations from the meeting to view and download

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September 2016

GMF - 15th Sept 2016

Presentations from the meeting to view and download

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July 2016

GMF - 30th June 2016

Presentations from the meeting to view and download

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics
February 2016

GMF - 17th Feb 2016

Details of the meeting, including documents and presentations.

Grant Making Forum & Under Fives Meetings - Graphics