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Last updated September 2019

One Day Changes Lives

One Day Changes Lives is a new national awareness day taking place to raise the profile of grant-making charities and benevolent funds.

Please visit our Members List for more details about all grant-making charities and benevolent funds who are members of ACO. 

One Day Changes Lives aims to raise public awareness of the impact grant-making charities and benevolent funds have on society.

Many are unaware of the 1,000s of charities that exist that can help them in times of need, such as when an unexpected or life-changing situation arises (an illness or job loss, for example) that causes them to need support. Many also do not know the breadth of services these charities can offer. The campaign aims to change this. 

ACO members provide support to individuals in need by awarding financial grants, often at short notice in emergency situations. Grants can be awarded in a broad range of situations, including bills and emergency repairs, purchasing furniture and white goods, home adaptions for disabled people, assisting with childcare costs, as just a few examples. 

We aim to raise the profile of ACO’s different charity members, of which there are over 100, and highlight their services so more can benefit from their support. It will also challenge public misconceptions of benevolent funds. Many benevolent funds have been operating for hundreds of years, but still have huge relevance and are needed more than ever in today's climate. 

The campaign will test the belief that benevolent funds only provide financial support. In reality, there are many other services these charities provide to significantly improve the lives of their beneficiaries, from mental health support, legal and career support and advice lines, to setting up friendship networks to combat loneliness.

This day will also show the nation the overall impact ACO charities have. While an individual act of benevolence may seem small, such as providing a grant for a new fridge, this can have a huge impact on a beneficiary’s life. Together individual acts by ACO members can amount to a colossal positive impact on society. 

ACO members provide more than £150m in grants to tens of thousands of people each year. One Day Changes Lives will highlight the overall help ACO members can offer people to ensure as many people as possible are aware of where they can get help.

We encourage our members, and members of the public who have ever been helped by our member charities, to take part in the campaign and share examples of support on social media on the day using the hashtag #OneDayChangesLives

If you are an individual in need of support, please visit ACO member Turn2Us who can help you search for a grant. 

For more information about One Day Changes Lives, or if you wish to feature about the day in any publication, please contact

With thanks to our members that supported the campaign  

ABTA Lifeline         Architects Benevolent Society      B&CE's Charitable Trust      Baltic Exchange Charitable Foundation

BDA Benevolent Fund        Benenden Charitable Trust       Buttle UK       CABA       The Care Workers Charity 

Chemists' Community Fund    CIMA Benevolent Fund      Clergy Support Trust      Dance Professionals Fund

Family Fund      Friends of the Elderly     The Furniture Makers' Company      Glasspool Charity Trust    GroceryAid   

Help Musicians UK       Hospital Saturday Fund      ICE Benevolent Fund     IET Connect      iProvision    Licensed Trade Charity

LionHeart     Masonic Charitable Foundation    Merchant Navy Welfare Board    The NCC Benevolent Fund 

NewstrAid      Perennial      Pharmacist Support    PRS Members' Fund     Racing Welfare     Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society

Royal Variety Charity     ScotsCare     Shipwrecked Mariners' Society     Smallwood Trust    The Stock Exchange Benevolent Fund

Support Network      The Benevolent, the Drinks Industry Charity     The Charity for Civil Servants    The Insurance Charities

The Queen's Nursing Institute    Railway Benefit Fund      The Salespeople's Charity      Turn2us       Wimbledon Guild