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Last updated April 2016


The ACO is a representative organisation for its members, We support benevolent charities with information, and provide a collective voice in the discussions taking place in government, industry and society relating to our members' work.


The ACO Network

We are a powerful network focused on helping people in need. Join over a hundred organisations that are keen to share their know-how, interested in what you do and increasingly working together to make everyone more effective and efficient.

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Membership Overview

If you are a Charity that gives grants, welfare and support to individuals and families in need then the ACO is the specialist support organisation for you. Benefit from networking both online and at events, share our research and information, and add your voice over policy matters.

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Charity Members

ACO is the UK umbrella organisation for trusts and foundations that give grants and welfare support to individuals. We have around 120 Charity Members. To find out about our members you can browse our listings here:

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Corporate Members

Corporate members help fund our work, and provide support to our members in their fields of expertise.

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Associate Members

Associate membership is open to charities wishing to work together with ACO members offering specialist support to beneficiaries

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Every year ACO organises an Annual Conference with excellent speakers, a thought-provoking programme and unparalleled networking opportunities. It has become an unmissable date in the diary for organisations helping people in need. This year's Annual Conference is on Friday 27th April.

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ACO acts to protect and promote the interests of its members. We are an effective voice for organisations helping people in need, talking to government and regulators to ensure your interests are represented.

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Charities have to keep up with a broad range of policy and legislative changes. We update members every month on changes that affect organisations that help people in need through our newsletter Charity News Review and regular updates to our knowledge website Benepedia.

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ACO research has shown how much ACO member organisations are changing. They have reviewed their resources and developed exciting new strategies and programmes of giving that put them at the cutting edge of good practice in grant making and support services to needy people.

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Join ACO

Charity members include charitable organisations and indivduals supporting the efforts of benevolent charities working with people in need or providing grants and welfare support.

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Member Badges

Declare your pride and support for the ACO on your own website and marketing materials with a member badge. Select from a range of sizes and formats here.

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