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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.

Helping Individuals in Need - Front cover and contents of the publication

Helping Individuals in Need. A Guide to good practice for charities

This toolkit is intended for those running a charity that gives grants to individuals in need. Authored by Caroline Aldred and Clementine Cowl, the idea for this guide came out of the questions that arise frequently at ACO meetings such as ‘our trustees want to offer loans to applicants, but can we do this and what are the legal implications?’ or ‘how should we manage home visits?’ We hope that this guide will assist in finding answers to these questions.

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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

Our Corporate & Associate Members

aQmen Limited
Barclays
CCLA
Charles Stanley
Chihumento
Connect Assist
Eddie Green Graphic Design
EdenTree Investment Management Ltd
Handicare
haysmacintyre
HSF Health Plan
Icaris Sentinel
Investec Wealth & Investment
James Hambro & Partners
Kingston Smith LLP
Law Express
Newton Investment Management
Quilter Cheviot
Rathbones
Relate
Renovo
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
Smith & Williamson
The OT Practice
UBS AG
Wilsons Law LLP
Yoke & Co

Note ACO does not explicitly promote corporate members or favour particular providers

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