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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 Monday 26th November from 11am-1pm at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street London W1G 8YS. 

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
  • 26th November
Grant Making Forum and Under Fives 2019
  • Tuesday 26th February
  • Thursday 13th June
  • Wednesday 11th September
  • Monday 25th November

Our Corporate & Associate Members

CaSE Insurance
Charles Stanley
Connect Assist
Co-Op Electrical
Eddie Green Graphic Design
HSF Health Plan
Icaris Sentinel
Investec Wealth & Investment
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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