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
- Information; providing members with up to date information
tailored to their specific interests through a monthly newsletter, policy
- On line services: such as websites and member forums proving
opportunities to seek and share advice and experience.
ACO Network Events in 2016ACO's Annual General Meeting
3rd May 2016 at C. Hoare & Co, 37 Fleet Street, London, EC4P 4DQ
ACO's Annual Conference
3rd June 2016 at Skinners' Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London, EC4R 2SP
ACO's Autumn Summit
October 2016 - date to be confirmed
Grant Making Forum North
and Under Fives meetings TBC
Grant Making Forum South and Under Fives meetings
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.