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Welcome to ACO

The Association of Charitable Organisations (formerly Association of Charity Officers) is the national UK umbrella body for Trusts and Foundations that give grants and welfare support to individuals in need. ACO was founded in 1946.

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Helping Individuals in Need. A Guide to good practice for charities

This toolkit is intended for those running a charity that gives grants to individuals in need. Authored by Caroline Aldred and Clementine Cowl, the idea for this guide came out of the questions that arise frequently at ACO meetings such as ‘our trustees want to offer loans to applicants, but can we do this and what are the legal implications?’ or ‘how should we manage home visits?’ We hope that this guide will assist in finding answers to these questions.

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Annual Conference 2019

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Kindly supported by Edentree Investment Management

ACO Annual Conference will be held on Friday 10th May 2019 at One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

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Benevolent funds are a force for good in a troubled world, offering a helping hand and a sympathetic ear to people in need. ACO members help people overcome isolation and loneliness and promote their wellbeing and economic independence. Join us for the sector's event of the yeara to hear thought-provoking speakers, network with your peers, make new friends and keep in touch with other like-minded staff and trustees.

Speakers include:

  • Lindsay Judge, Senior Research & Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation
  • Liz Emerson, Co-Founder, Intergenerational Foundation
  • PR agency Definition
  • Srabani Sen OBE, CEO and Founder at Full Colour
  • Zoe Amar, Chair of The Charity Digital Code of Practice
  • Henry Stewart, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Ltd

Drinks reception supported by Wilsons Law LLP

Bookings now open!

You can book via Eventbrite

The funds managed by ACO members are discretionary and seek to complement and enhance welfare support provided by local and central government. Our members operate in the UK and across the globe. In recent 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 our monthly newsletter "Charity News Review" and policy briefings
  • Online services: our website and member forums provide opportunities to seek and share advice and experience

Our Corporate & Associate Members

aQmen Limited
Charles Stanley
Connect Assist
Eddie Green Graphic Design
EdenTree Investment Management Ltd
HSF Health Plan
Icaris Sentinel
Investec Wealth & Investment
James Hambro & Partners
Kingston Smith LLP
Law Express
Newton Investment Management
Quilter Cheviot
Ruffer LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
Sayer Vincent
Smith & Williamson
The OT Practice
Wilsons Law LLP
Yoke & Co

Note ACO does not explicitly promote corporate members or favour particular providers

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