Annual Conference

Navigating the now: foundations' role in complex times

ACF would like to say a sincere thank you to all those who helped make this year’s annual conference a success. 

Carol Mack’s first conference address as Chief Executive sparked discussions of foundations’ mandate, longevity and purpose, and was followed by an intriguing keynote speech from James Fallows and an insightful panel chaired by Sonia Sodha. We are grateful to all the speakers and panellists and to those who delivered break-out sessions for their inspiration and challenge throughout the day.

Thank you to all who completed their evaluation forms. Comments included that the day as a whole was “relevant, thought provoking and inspiring in equal measures” with 98% of delegates saying they would recommend the conference to a colleague.


Plenary video:


Trust & Foundation News: Read about the day's activities from those who attended.

Carol Mack's speech: Read Carol's first conference speech as Chief Executive here

Twitter: Revisit #acfconf on Twitter or catch the highlights on Storify.

Presentations from the break-out sessions can be downloaded from the 2017: Navigating the now tab to the right.


This conference would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Newton, Cazenove Capital, Buzzacott Giving Solutions, and Farrer & Co.

We support UK foundations and grant-making charities