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Last updated July 2017

ACO News

News and announcements from the Association of Charitable Organisations, including organised events, meetings and our work on your behalf.

Contents

  • Robert Caton (1925 - 2017) - Robert Caton in 2015, preparing to take part in London's VE day service
    Robert Caton (1925 - 2017)

    Robert Caton, Chairman of ACO from 1972 until 1991, has died at the age of 92. A true gentleman, war hero and dedicated public servant, Robert was involved in a number of charities and continued his activities long into retirement.

  • ACO Training - graphic depicting person presenting a slide show lecture
    ACO Training

    Starting in the New Year, ACO is launching a learning programme to support member organisations. These start with one-to-one and workshop coaching at the end of January.

  • ACO Mentoring scheme - Graphic depicting the transfer of knowledge between two people
    Mentoring Scheme Update

    Thanks to all the ACO members who have volunteered to act as mentors. We are now confident that we can launch the scheme in the new year. It is not too late to volunteer! If you are interested please contact the ACO office for further details.

  • The Care Workers Charity - Graphics from The Care Workers Charity's freshly redesigned website
    Member Spotlight: The Care Workers Charity

    This month we feature our member, The Care Workers Charity, launched in 2009 and providing much needed hardship grants to support some of the nation's 1.5 million care staff. The charity has experienced an explosion in awards and income in the last year. Read about their story.

  • ACO Data Protection Helpline - ACO Data Protection Helpline
    ACO Data Protection Helpline

    The provider of the Data Protection helpline is changing on November 1st and we are very pleased to announce a new partnership with ICARIS Sentinel. On this date the new phone number will be 01775 769354

  • ACO website development - A blurry close-up of someone typing code for website development using a laptop
    ACO website development

    As part of the new ACO operational plan we are working on some changes to our website, including a new look and revised navigation system.

  • Smallwood Trust - The Smallwood Trust logo and an image of a smiling mother with her young child
    Member Spotlight: Smallwood Trust

    This month we feature our ACO member Smallwood Trust - a new name and strategy for the Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances. Their strategy: “Enabling women to be financially resilient”

  •  Effective Endowment Management seminar series - Graphic publicising the seminar organised by the ACF
    Effective Endowment Management seminar series

    One of the major responsibilities of foundation trustees is to manage the assets of their endowment. The way in which this is done has a very significant impact on the resources that are available to support the foundation’s mission. But how can trustees be confident that they are exercising their responsibilities effectively, especially if they do not have investment experience? The ACF provide an answer in their long-running annual seminar covering this subject.

  • Assessing financial need using the Minimum Income Standard: a review - Closeup of calculator, and pen on top of paper with financial calculations
    Assessing financial need using the MIS: a review

    In recent years, a number of charities have developed more systematic criteria for awarding grants to applicants in financial need using the Minimum Income Standard (MIS). This article outlines developments on this approach by Loughborough University, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the ACO

  • ACO Mentoring Scheme - Close-up of relay race showing one runner handing over a baton to his running mate
    ACO Mentoring Scheme

    The ACO is preparing to launch a new scheme to help new Chief Executives in grant giving charities. The mentoring scheme would be offered to new Chief Executives of ACO members, and would rely on experienced ACO member Chief Executives to volunteer as a mentor. Register your interest and help shape this vital service to members.

  • Charity News Review: Advice to contributors - Screenshot of the latest edition of Charity News Review being edited on a workstation running InDesign
    Advice to contributors

    Charity News Review is the ACO newsletter. There are plenty of ways for members to contribute their work to other members!

  • Analogue-to-Digital - Composite image of a woman's finger touching a tablet device with roughly drawn icons relating to common internet and computer tasks floating around the screen
    Analogue-to-Digital

    As part of our new operational plan ACO has determined it will take a “digital first” approach. This will add a new dimension to our communications to a variety of existing audiences and expand our reach far beyond.

  • Trustees - A boardroom table with meeting notes
    ACO has a new Board of Trustees

    We welcome a new chair, treasurer and new trustees to the ACO board

  • ACO has a new Operational Plan - Man drawing charts, and infographics on a whiteboard
    ACO has a new Operational Plan

    Trustees approved a new operational plan for the ACO at its April board meeting. This plan builds on the previous Recruit & Retain plan and gives ACO a clearly defined vision and a set of stretching but realistic strategic objectives that are underpinned by two core principles (a digital first approach across all area and the investment of appropriate funds) that will guide all that we do until 2020.

  • Chief Executive Speech to the ACO AGM April 2017 - Closeup of microphone with audience blurred in the background
    CEO Speech to the ACO AGM April 2017

    CEO Dominic Fox's speech to an audience of ACO members at its annual conference in April 2017, outlining the reasons ACO was formed, its reason for continued existence and plans for the future

  • Trustees - A boardroom table with meeting notes
    ACO is recruiting Trustees

    We are looking to increase our current team of Trustees to support the continuous development of ACO. We are currently developing a new strategic plan to transform the services we offer our members.

  • ACO Banner - ACO Icon on dark coloured background
    Latest News November 2015

    ACO's submission to Work and Pensions Committee Local Welfare Safety Net Inquiry, with suggested recommendations on minimum standards

  • ACO Autumn Summit 2015 - ACO Autumn Summit 2015
    ACO Autumn Summit 2015

    Five years of austerity and the pace of economic and social change have challenged Trusts and Foundations to examine their ways of working. This conference, with its range of speakers, aimed to help delegates to engage in reflective and independent thinking.

  • Benchmarking Report 2014 - Scene showing graphs and charts printed out and on screen
    Benchmarking report published

    ACO in Partnership with Turn2us have published a revealing report about charitable practice . The report will enable charities to review their performance against similar funds in the sector and be an invaluable tool for impact measurement and future planning.

  • ACO Members Legal Helpline - Banner graphic with information about the legal helpline on 01775 769354
    Legal advice line launched

    An exclusive offer to ACO members provided by Russell-Cooke LLP

  • ACO Launch Benepedia - An unusual shaped bookshelf filled with books
    ACO launch 'Benepedia'

    We have launched a new resource exclusively for ACO members, aimed at pooling information on policy, good practice and legislation affecting the charity sector

  • Charity Campaigning - Volunteer with collection tin
    News Archive 2014

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2014

  • ACO appoints Alison Taylor as trustee - Alison Taylor, director of Turn2Us
    News Archive 2013

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2013

  • ACO and ACF Merger - 3D illustration showing two groups building a jigsaw causeway
    News Archive 2012

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2012

  • ACO Banner - ACO Icon on light coloured background
    News Archive 2011

    An archive of news for the UK charity sector during 2011