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Last updated July 2019

One Day Changes Lives

One Day Changes Lives is a new national awareness day taking place on 16 October 2019.

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

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

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

The campaign will test the commonly held belief that benevolent funds only provide financial support, where in reality there are many other services they provide to significantly improve the lives of their beneficiaries, from mental health support and advice lines to setting up friendship networks.

The day also seeks to show the nation the overall impact ACO members have as a collective. 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 of benevolence by ACO members can amount to a colossal positive impact on society as a whole.

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

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 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