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Last updated September 2021

Join ACO - charity membership

If you are a registered charity providing financial and wellbeing support to individuals and families in need, we would be delighted to welcome you to join ACO!

About ACO Membership

ACO provides an invaluable environment to bring together charities from throughout the sector to leverage their expertise, experience and resources to address these common issues and develop shared solutions.

By joining us, your whole organisation will benefit from a range of tools and resources specifically tailored to the benevolence/grant-making sector and we will provide a strong platform to enhance your activities through collaboration, peer connection and knowledge sharing with other charities in the sector.

Our Charity Members

ACO comprises a diverse network of other benevolent and grant-making charities, providing our members with a wide range of organisations to share knowledge and benchmark against.

Members include:

  • Occupational charities
  • Armed Forces charities
  • Illness and disability charities
  • Children’s charities
  • Women’s charities
  • Older people’s charities
  • Regional charities
  • Livery companies
  • General grant-giving charities

Why Join ACO?

Knowledge sharing - Providing a platform to share best practice and benchmarking through member-only events, research and publications. Managing special interest groups around CEOs, Small Charities, Marcomms, International Beneficiaries and Income Generation. Access to monthly sectoral e-newsletter Charity News Review.

Building peer-to-peer relations - Developing working relationships with others throughout the sector brings significant benefits for both personal and professional development. 

Lobbying and advocacy - Being the voice of the benevolence sector and working in conjunction with other charity sector infrastructure bodies to influence Government, regulators and industry bodies.

Support and assistance - Aiding members on specific issues and signposting appropriate advice/support within the sector.

Membership fees

Subscription band Annual Subscription
Small Charity Subscription - annual turnover less than £350k £405
Basic Subscription - annual turnover between £350k and £1m £770
Band A -  annual turnover between £1m and £3m £900
Band B - annual turnover between £3m and £5m   £1,010
Band C - annual turnover over £5m £1,130

Next Steps

To join ACO please use the contact form below or contact Donal Watkin (Chief Executive) for any questions or to register as a new member e: / t: 020 7255 4475

Find out more

Download our Membership Guide
from the bottom of this page

Corporate Partnerships

Organisations that offer goods or services of value to ACO and its members may become Corporate Partners of ACO if they wish to have a presence in the benevolent sector. Packages are tailored. For corporate enquiries please get in touch with Donal Watkin (Chief Executive) / t: 020 7255 4475

Information Leaflets on joining ACO

Icon ACO Membership Guide 2021


ACO Membership Guide with more information on ACO membership for 2021.

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