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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 Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings

Thursday 1st December

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


Fiona Campbell-White, a partner at Wilsons Law. Fiona has particular experience in acting for charities, having first advised them in the 1990s on a wide variety of general contentious matters (from governance issues to contract/tort disputes), with her more recent focus being on legacy and probate administration disputes. Fiona will cover:

  • the role of charity trustees when faced with litigation (following the recent Charity Commission guidance)
  • steps legacy fundraisers and colleagues can take to protect legacies/make them bullet proof
  • the variety of challenges that can be made to someone’s Will and thus gifts to charities in Wills
  • the growing trend for abusing powers of attorney and generally taking advantage of elderly people such that the estate they leave (to charity) are severely depleted
  • problems that arise with executors administering estates

Arceeb Moughal, the Director of Commercial from Kura, and Kirsten McKenzie, the Head of Helpline Services at Turn2us will talk about their partnership providing a helpline.

A Partnership Built on Trust and Compassion.  Join us for this roundtable and you’ll learn:

  • An overview of Turn2us, what services they provide and how members of the public approach them to use these services
  • A guide on the Turn2us helpline and what’s involved in setting up partnerships to support this – including; recruitment, training, technology, workforce planning and quality frame worksTurn2us’s digital approach and the importance of multi-channel skilled advisors
  • The tactics on dealing with vulnerable individuals, how we support and guide the conversations to handle the most sensitive cases
  • What the key criteria’s are for providing good service and the metrics in place to capture this
  • Insights from the Turn2us and Kura partnership, lessons learned and results achieved to date

The meeting takes place 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


ACO Publics Relations Group

Thursday 17th November

The second meeting will take place at CIPR offices on 17th November from 12 – 5pm. The meeting will consider the proposal on taking the project forward and consider the need for a steering group.

The meeting takes place at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, 52-53 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HP.

Icon Our Corporate & Associate Members

Advising London
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
Psigma Investment Management
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
The Goodwill Partnership
The National Autistic Society
The OT Practice
Wilsons Law LLP