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Icon Welcome to the ACO

The Association of Charitable Organisations (formerly Association of Charity Officers) was founded in 1946 and is the national UK umbrella body for Trusts and Foundations that give grants and welfare support to individuals in need.

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 2016

ACO's Annual General Meeting
3rd May 2016, in London, EC4P 4DQ

ACO's Annual Conference
3rd June 2016, in London, EC4R 2SP

ACO's Autumn Summit
October 2016 - date to be confirmed

Grant Making Forum North and Under Fives meetings

20th April

Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings

17th February
30th June
15th September
1st December

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-Op Electrical
Eddie Green Graphic Design
Fair for You
HSF Health Plan
Investec Wealth & Investment
Kingston Smith LLP
Law Express
Newton Investment Management
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
The Goodwill Partnership
Wilsons Law LLP