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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.


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

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.


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'


Charities have to keep up with a broad range of policy and legislative changes. We update members every month on changes that affect organisations that help people in need through our newsletter Charity News Review and regular updates to our knowledge website Benepedia.


Read our latest publications relating to the benevolent charity sector and the work of our members

Corporate Members

Corporate members help fund our work, and provide support to our members in their fields of expertise.

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