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ACO is the membership body for benevolent and grant-making charities that provide financial and well-being support to individuals.

We would invite you to consider the potential benefits of ACO membership for your organisation.

About ACO Membership

ACO provides an invaluable environment to bring together charities from throughout the sector to leverage their expertise, experience and resources to address these common issues and develop shared solutions.

By joining us, your whole organisation will benefit from a range of tools and resources specifically tailored to the benevolence/grant-making sector and we will provide a strong platform to enhance your activities through collaboration, peer connection and knowledge sharing with other charities in the sector.

Our Charity Members

ACO comprises a diverse network of other benevolent and grant-making charities, providing our members with a wide range of organisations to share knowledge and benchmark against.

Members include:

  • Occupational charities
  • Armed Forces charities
  • Illness and disability charities
  • Children’s charities
  • Women’s charities
  • Older people’s charities
  • Regional charities
  • Livery companies
  • General grant-giving charities

Why Join ACO?

Knowledge sharing – we provide a platform to share best practice through member-only events, special interest groups (include CEO, Small Charity. Marcomms, International Beneficiaries and Income Generation & Fundraising forums), research and publications.

Building peer-to-peer relations – we help you to develop working relationships with others throughout the sector to bring significant benefits for both personal and professional development.

Lobbying and advocacy – we act as the voice of the benevolence sector and work in conjunction with other charity sector infrastructure bodies to influence Government, regulators and industry bodies.

Support and assistance – we aid members on specific issues and signpost to appropriate advice/support within the sector.

Membership fees

Subscription band Annual Subscription
Small Charity Subscription – annual turnover less than £350k £430
Band A – annual turnover between £350k and £1m £825
Band B –  annual turnover between £1m and £3m £965
Band C – annual turnover between £3m and £5m £1,085
Band D – annual turnover over £5m £1,210

Next Steps

To register to join ACO please use the contact form below and one of our team will be in touch soon to have a conversation with you and discuss the next steps for joining.

If you have any questions about ACO membership, please contact Donal Watkin (Chief Executive) e: / t: 020 7255 4475


Corporate Partnerships

Organisations that offer goods or services of value to ACO and its members may become Corporate Partners of ACO if they wish to have a presence in the benevolent sector. Packages are tailored. For corporate enquiries please get in touch with Donal Watkin (Chief Executive) e: / t: 020 7255 4475

Download ACO’s Corporate Partner Guide to find out more about becoming a Partner of ACO.

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