Annual Conference

On 4 November ACF’s Annual Conference hosted over 300 delegates convened around the theme of foundation independence. 

Through plenary discussions, 14 break-out sessions and networking delegates were able to explore foundation independence; its implications, its power and its limitations. Thank you to all who made the day such a success, we look forward to next year. 


Opening plenary: BEING INDEPENDENT

Speakers: Andrew Hind CB, Editor, Charity Finance; Barry Knight, Executive Director, Centris, & advisor of the Global Fund for Community Foundations; and Caroline Slocock, Director, Civil Exchange.

Afternoon plenary: BEING IN DEPENDENCE

Speakers: Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England; Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation England & Wales; and Linbert Spencer, Trustee, Harpur Trust. 

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Break-out sessions

There were 14 break-out sessions held on the day, exploring a wide range of topics affecting foundations. 

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AM02 Impact Across Borders - Comic Relief

AM02 Impact Across Borders - John Moores Foundation

AM05 Is your investment committee asking the right questions - Sarasin

AM06 The Requirement of Independence - Farrer & Co.

AM07 Standing on the shoulders of giants - The Blagrave Trust

Lunchtime briefing Intentional Investing - Richard Jenkinns ACF

PM01 Times of change - Henry Smith and NPC

PM02 Communities in crisis - Locality and Neal Howard Ltd

PM04 Blended finance – can it work - Charity Bank

PM05 Highlights of charity investment survey - Newton

PM06 Working alongside people in places - Esmee Fairbairn and the Rank Foundation

PM07 Aligning grant-making to the living wage - Living Wage Foundation

Highlights from the day

Twitter represented another great success this year, with lively debate centred around #ACFconf. You can catch up with some of the highlights on our Storify.

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