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Last updated December 2019


The ACO is a representative organisation for its members, We support benevolent charities with information, and provide a collective voice in the discussions taking place in government, industry and society relating to our members' work.


Trustee Recruitment

Resources to assist charities with recruiting new Trustees.

Board interview - Board interview

Income Diversification and Fundraising

Resources to assist charities with their fundraising activities and plans to diversify income streams.

Money - Money

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources for staff/volunteers at charities to maintain their own mental health/wellbeing.

Mental Health - Mental Health

Diversity and inclusion

See page for details

Rascism and diversity - Rascism and diversity

Debt Advice Resources

Free advice and support for charity's beneficiaries with debt and money management.

Money - Money

Connecting with Beneficiaries - Tip Sheet

Tips from ACO's recent webinar sharing member experiences of Connecting with Potential Beneficiaries held in August 2020. Download the PDF below.

Charity Fraud

Free resources for charities looking to tackle fraud within their charities.

Fraud  - Fraud

Sleepstation - Guide to Better Sleep

Following their recent webinar with ACO members, Sleepstation has put together a Guide to Better Sleep for ACO members, also showcasing case studies of where they have worked with other ACO members.

Sleepstation Guide to Better Sleep - Sleepstation Guide to Better Sleep

Modern Slavery Resources

In March ACO attended a conference on modern slavery run by the National Crime Agency's Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit. There we discovered the role charities can play in helping to identify victims of modern slavery and help prevent fraud at the hands of gangs.

Slavery - Slavery

Covid-19 Resources

The situation with COVID-19 and the Coronavirus is one of ongoing concern for our members, both when assisting beneficiaries and internally with the operation of their charities. We have consulted members on how they plan to tackle the situation, and have put together a list of useful resources.

Coronavirus - Coronavirus

Member Surveys

ACO surveys members four times a year to gain insight into member needs, benchmark and ask about areas of interest to the sector. We then report back to the membership in Charity News Review and in Reports posted here.


A guide to GDPR and helpful resources for charities

Data GDPR - Data GDPR


ACO research has shown how much ACO member organisations are changing. They have reviewed their resources and developed exciting new strategies and programmes of giving that put them at the cutting edge of good practice in grant making and support services to needy people.

ACO Changing for good report - Sample pages from the ACO publication 'Changing for good'


The ACO represents members interests relating to current matters including government planning and policy. Our considered position on such matters is available here.