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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

The next Grant Making Forum and Under Fives meeting takes place on Wednesday 12th September from 11am-1pm at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street London W1G 8YS. 

You will hear from two new partner organisations providing free support to ACO charity members and the programme includes a round table discussion on charity fraud.

Raminta Diliso

Raminta joined the Partnerships team at the Money Advice Service three years ago. She works with partners such as Mumsnet, Rightmove, Google Compare and now ACO to develop money content and tools that are relevant for their audiences. Services available free to ACO members include: the Financial Capability Evidence Hub, publications and research about or in relation to debt advice work.

Amanda Tincknell, CEO The Cranfield Trust

Amanda joined the Trust as a volunteer after completing her MBA at Cranfield School of Management. With a background in market research and recruitment, Amanda was an early Project Manager for the Trust, and spent some time as a trustee, before becoming Chief Executive in 2000.  

Dawn Jackson

Dawn is Head of Grants Services at Turn2us. She will introduce a case study of charitable fraud and all participants are invited to bring their examples and join in a round table discussion about this growing threat to organisations helping those in need.

We break for lunch at 1pm so bring a sandwich and stay for the Under Fives meeting, for solo workers and small teams.

We are grateful to BDABF for supporting these events

ACO Autumn Summit 2018

ACO's Autumn Summit 2018 will be held on Thursday 18th October at Barclay’s HQ at Canary Wharf in London. 

Apply, Award, Assess. Repeat?

Modern grantmaking is changing and charities are leading the way in meeting changing needs. ACO members have tremendous power and influence to do good and improve people’s lives, but face choices in how to help best. This event aims to pick up what issues need assessing and present innovation in providing support to beneficiaries. Join us for the best networking event in a sector that is rapidly moving to meet the many challenges of today and the future.

For further information and booking details please click here

Save the Dates!

Grant Making Forum and Under Fives 2018
  • 12th September
  • 26th November

Our Corporate & Associate Members

Advising London
CaSE Insurance
Connect Assist
Co-Op Electrical
Eddie Green Graphic Design
HSF Health Plan
Icaris Sentinel
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
Wilsons Law LLP
Yoke & Co

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