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Last updated May 2020

Grant Makers Forum June 2020

ACO will continue to run our scheduled Grant Makers Forum as an online event on Zoom. Join us (virtually) for thought-provoking talks from the following speakers:

Please register on Eventbrite to be sent details of how to access this meeting. 

Daniel Furlong - Trust & Major Gift Campaign Specialist (Christians Against Poverty)

Daniel will discuss Christians Against Poverty's work in providing debt advice to individuals, including insight into how their service has been used and changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Daniel has been with CAP for ten years working across a variety of funding aspects of the organisation. In his current role as Trust & Major Gift Campaign Specialist his focus is largely on how to match the work of the charity with a donor's interest: finding the level of interest, detail and frequency that suits our funding partners. He believes if charities start to get this right, we can move from the begging bowl to a true partnership based on mutual understanding and shared enthusiasm.

Sarah Shaw – Senior Officer, 3P’s Team, National Crime Agency (Modern Slavery and Trafficking Unit)

Sarah will be discussing the threat of modern slavery and trafficking, and how organisations can help prevent this crime and stop vulnerable people becoming victims.

Sarah is part of the NCA 3P team which looks at tackling the threat of modern slavery and human trafficking through using a 3P (Protect, Prepare, Prevent) approach from a national level. The team determines areas of priority by assessing the intelligence picture surrounding the threat to identify recurring themes, emerging trends or key enablers facilitating offending and/or the business models employed by Organised Crime Groups. Sarah and her team widely recognises that combatting this threat requires a partnership approach and cannot be tackled by one body alone.

MaryJane Gunn - Support Manager (CABA) - and Sam Palombella - Head of Kooth Business Development (XenZone)

MaryJane and Sam will be discussing CABA's new service to provide emotional support for students and children, Kooth. They will discuss how they found and implemented Kooth, what benefits it has delivered for their charity and insights into how the service has performed during COVID-19. 

Mary Jane is responsible for the services that are delivered to CABA’s 3000+ clients each year. Services are delivered from our wonderful in-house team and from our great partner organisations. Sam joined XenZone in 2017 and manages the Business Development team having previously worked in the Third Sector and Local Government for 20 years. 


We are grateful to our speakers for agreeing to participate in this virtual event during unprecedented times.