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Icon Welcome to the ACO

The funds managed by ACO members are discretionary, and seek to compliment and enhance welfare support provided by local and central government. Our members operate in the UK and across the globe. Over the last few 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 a monthly newsletter, policy briefings;
  • On line services: such as websites and member forums proving opportunities to seek and share advice and experience.

ACO Network Events in 2015

“Critical Thinking” - the ACO Autumn Summit 2015 - Thursday 17th September at Queen Victoria Street, London EC4

Five years of austerity and the pace of economic and social change have challenged Trusts and Foundations to examine their ways of working. This conference, with its range of speakers, aims to help you to engage in reflective and independent thinking. At the end of the day we hope you will better identify the relevance and importance of new ideas, be better equipped to spot connections between policy and practice, and be able to resolve problems for your beneficiaries. 

For further details and to book your place click here 

We are grateful to Newton Investment Management for supporting this event

Grant Making Forum North and Under Fives meetings

The next Grant Making Forum North meeting will take place on 16th July at Pharmacist Support, 5th Floor, 196 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WF. Please be advised that the timings have now changed to 11am–1pm and there will not be an under 5’s forum. A light buffet lunch will be provided. There will be a short presentation by Vicky Szulist and Nonie Freeman from Crowe Clark Whitehill, on SORP and the new FRS102 reporting.

GMF North on 1st October will be at Family Fund offices in York with guest speaker Catherine Rustomji, Director, Head of Charities at DWF LLP.

We are grateful to Pharmacist Support and Family Fund for supporting these events.

Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings

Next meeting is on 13th October with Stuart Woltkamp-Moon from the Glasspool Trust on building a 21st century database, and Phillip Mind from the Payments Council on new ways to make and take payments. 3rd December meeting welcomes Adrian Lamb from Charity Pensions Voice and Michelle Buckley and Gareth Hopkins from Reward Connected on charity pay.

All meetings are held at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS from 11am– 1pm.

All GMF meetings are followed at 1.30– 3.30pm by the ever popular Under Fives meeting for solo workers and members of small teams.

We are grateful to BDABF for supporting these events.

Icon Our Corporate & Associate Members

C Hoare & Co
CaSE Insurance
Connect Assist
Co-Operative Electrical
Eddie Green Graphic Design
HSF Health Plan
Investec Wealth & Investment
Kingston Smith LLP
Law Express
Newton Investments
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Wilsons Law LLP