Company update, Family Fund Business Services
The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) Annual Conference and Awards is taking place on Thursday 22nd September in London. We are pleased to announce that Family Fund Business Services is sponsoring the drinks reception of this prestigious event.
Bringing together charity leaders from across the UK, this year’s conference theme is ‘Facing the Future’ and focuses on “key challenges to the sector moving forward and look at how charities can come together collaboratively to identify common solutions.” We believe FFBS could be a potential solution to some of the challenges faced by charities today.
Due to the cost of living crisis, grant-giving charities are facing unprecedented demand, with call rates and demand volume predicted to rise through winter. In a survey for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) 71% of charity leaders expressed concern over managing increased demand for their services. At Family Fund Business Services we make distributing practical support to people in need efficient and hassle-free. It is our hope that through this collaboration with the ACO, we can help more charities to streamline their processes, reducing administration time and costs.
The conference will be an insightful and educational day, key sessions include:
- The road ahead – charity leaders share perspectives on the major issues facing their organisations.
- Climate change and sustainability – what does this mean at a practical level for charities?
- Digital inclusion – how do charities tackle the rising digital divide in our society?
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – how do we build an effective EDI culture within our charities?
The first in-person ACO conference since 2019, this event offers excellent opportunities to network with leaders of the charity sector, speak to existing customers and make new connections. This is the first time FFBS have sponsored an event of this kind, and we look forward to a productive and inspiring partnership.
Who are the ACO?
The ACO is the umbrella membership body for benevolent charities and grant-makers. They encourage sharing, collaboration and best practice across their member network and provide frequent member-only events, bespoke webinars, regular email newsletters, training opportunities and conferences. ACO partner with leading organisations in the third sector, including FFBS, and invite expert speakers to their events to ensure value in attending. They also conduct research, generate their own publications, and lobby the government on topics of relevance to the benevolence sector.