Overview of the Year 2017

Throughout 2017 ACF worked hard on your behalf. Here are just a few of the highlights.


Over the past year we have …

Launched the Stronger Foundations Project, which aims to identify leading practice among foundations and enhance their effectiveness.

Discussed with the Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP, a wide range of issues including the extensive role and contribution of foundations, the budget, and the implications of Brexit.

Revealed that grant-making hit £2.9 billion – a 12% increase on last year – in our annual research report Giving Trends 2017.

Published the Introduction to Grant-making series of booklets, designed to introduce foundation staff and trustees to the grant-making cycle.

Organised our annual Northern Ireland conference in Belfast to discuss the future of funding there.

Visited members and other sector leaders in Scotland to explore their opportunities, challenges and achievements, and to attend the Scottish Funders Parliamentary Reception.

Continued to engage with members, government and European colleagues on the implications of Brexit for foundations, including working with government officials to ensure funding to the voluntary sector is not lost.

Engaged successfully with HMRC and other sector bodies to address the potential implications of the Common Reporting Standard, and provided a set of materials to help foundations understand and fulfil their obligations.

Met with the Prime Minister, Shadow Civil Society Minister, Minister for Culture & Digital, and the Chief Executives of the Charity Commission for England & Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Grown our Twitter following by over 50%, with daily tweets on issues relevant to foundations.

Built relationships internationally, welcoming guests from Denmark, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea to discuss their foundation sectors and travelling to Canada, Germany, Mexico and Poland to meet with foundation colleagues.

Welcomed 350 delegates at our annual conference to discuss the theme ‘Navigating the now: foundations’ role in complex times’.

Hosted a symposium for funders and applicants in the arts and culture sector in Northern Ireland, in partnership with Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts & Business NI.

Launched the Mental health network; a group of funders with an interest in funding work addressing mental health issues.

Submitted a response, informed by members, to two consultations by the Charity Commission for England & Wales on proposed changes to the content and structure of the annual return.

United with other voluntary sector umbrella bodies to ensure the implementation of the recommendations laid out in the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.

Addressed future grant-makers at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School.

Created video summaries of recent network meetings for those who could not make it to the event.

Delivered a series of seminars on Effective Endowment Management with support from CCLA to an engaged group of trustees and senior executives.

Published blogs on topics affecting foundations including the General Election, changes in data protection, and NCVO’s UK Civil Society Almanac 2017.

Project Manager

The Blagrave Trust

Salary £28,000 to £30,000 pro rata depending on experience. There is flexibility on terms and conditions for the right person.

Application deadline 15 December 2017

The Blagrave Trust is embarking on an exciting new period, as we launch a new initiative ‘The Listening Fund’ (TLF) which will run from 2018-2020, in partnership with several other funders. The Fund aims to advance - and indeed transform - the ability of the youth sector to listen and respond to their core constituents: young people.  In order to ensure that this Fund is administered and supported to the highest standards the Blagrave Trust is looking for additional capacity to support us in this work.

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Strategy advisor

The Careers & Enterprise Company

Application deadline 17:00, 18 December 2017

The Careers & Enterprise Company sits at the heart of bringing the worlds of education and employers together, with a number of key developments in educational policy recently which impact on employers, schools and colleges, the CEC wants to understand the impact of these and what their roles as an organisation could and should be in supporting their key stakeholders with these challenges.

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Director of Development

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Salary Circa £80,000

Application deadline 17:00, 22 December 2017

We are seeking a Director of Development to lead a brand new team to tackle the central challenge faced by those we support: with income falling yet demand rising, how can charities thrive, not just survive? As our new Director you will create a new sustainable support model for small charities in 21st century post-Brexit austerity UK. You’ll be a ground breaker with an innovative and creative mindset, but you’ll also be a deliverer.

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Communications and PR Coordinator

Jack Petchey Foundation

Salary Circa £21-25K depending on experience

Application deadline 5 January 2018

We’re looking for someone to join our enthusiastic, focused and friendly team and take on the challenge of delivering exceptional service and content to the media and online in what will be a very busy (but very enjoyable!) role. 


Purpose of Job:     


To increase the profile of the Jack Petchey Foundation, enhancing our PR and Communications functions including coverage of events, a regular release of “good news” stories and case studies on our website/ through local newspapers and to attract regional/national interest in a number of key stories during the year.


You will also increase the online profile of the Foundation through web content and social media, attracting more followers, and driving ideas for greater online engagement with young people and other stakeholders. An exciting task will be working on an overhaul of our website making it more appealing, functional and interactive with social media platforms.

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