Each of our Special Interest Groups meet three times per year (currently online), and many feature at least one speaker per session.
ACO’s Under Fives group is a friendly, informal discussion group for ACO’s smaller member charities.
This group is for solo workers or small charity staff teams (under five staff members) to discuss common issues felt by smaller charities. Meetings occur at least four times a year, usually in the afternoon after ACO’s Grant Making Forums.
A quarterly meeting for MarComms and PR professionals within ACO member charities to share knowledge and expertise, and get support with and share upcoming campaigns.
Meetings often feature external speakers on a topic of interest/relevance to MarComms professionals, and presentations from ACO member charities to showcase their work.
Our CEO Forum is ACO’s regular meeting for charity leaders within the ACO network to discuss common topics around running a charity and charity governance, as well as the opportunity to highlight any issues seen within charities to share amongst the group.
The International Beneficiaries Group is a regular forum for ACO member charities that support beneficiaries overseas.
These meetings can be used to discuss common issues arising from supporting beneficiaries overseas such as logistical challenges, prevention of fraud, benchmarking and determining appropriate levels of support.
Our Income Generation & Fundraising Group is a regular meeting of ACO fundraisers and charities looking to diversify their income streams.
Topics ranging from fundraising strategies, investments, legacies, to other income streams will be discussed during meetings.
The group is designed for both:
- Colleagues already working with existing impact/evaluation models;
- Members interested in introducing an impact/evaluation approach within their charity;
The group will provide an opportunity to share learnings and models, discuss common issues and challenges and develop a network of like-minded colleagues across ACO.
Our EDI Group is a regular meeting of ACO charity members looking to explore and improve their EDI practice. This meeting is open to all ACO members.
This meeting can be used for discussing common challenges and successes within diversity and inclusion.
Meetings will focus on certain themes with members sharing and learning from each other.