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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 2015

Grant Making Forum North and Under Fives meetings

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