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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 2017

ACO Annual Conference 2017

Monday 15th May 2017. One Great George Street, 1, Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA. Supported by James Hambro & Partners and the Bank Workers Charity.

Thought, Words, Action!

We live in interesting times. Everywhere there are questions and the established way of doing things can no longer be taken for granted. The relationship between the state and charity is changing. We hope you will see this as a positive challenge and a time to hear new ideas from leading thinkers. Our programme is intended to stimulate thought, provoke words and lead to positive actions. Join us for the biggest meeting of the year for charities addressing the needs of individuals. Open to non members!

You can book at:

ACO Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings

Thursday 29th June

Monday 11th September

Thursday 30th November

The next ACO Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meeting takes place on Thursday 29th June at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS from 11am–1pm (GMF) and 1.30–3.30pm (Under Fives).

Entrance is free to ACO charity members. 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.

• Newable Consulting: the EU General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR is coming and will affect the way you manage data.

• New Philanthropy Capital: Making your funding go further. How impact practice can help funders do more with their giving.

We are grateful to BDABF for supporting these events

Our Corporate & Associate Members

Advising London
CaSE Insurance
Connect Assist
Co-Op Electrical
Eddie Green Graphic Design
Fair for You
HSF Health Plan
Investec Wealth & Investment
James Hambro & Partners
Kingston Smith LLP
Law Express
Newable Consulting Ltd
Newton Investment Management
Psigma Investment Management
Quilter Cheviot
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
The National Autistic Society
The OT Practice
Whirlpool Corporation
Wilsons Law LLP