ACF virtual annual conference 2021

6 and 7 October 2021

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Tickets are
on sale for the ACF Virtual Annual Conference 2021 – the biggest trust and foundation sector event of the year.  

Taking place across two short days with plenty of breaks, connect with hundreds of your peers from your office, sofa or kitchen table while being inspired and challenged by fresh thinking and new ideas. 

Hear from inspiring speakers from trusts and foundations and beyond on an urgent and important theme, as we consider the role foundations and civil society has to play in addressing the inequalities made starker and more visible by the pandemic. 

About the theme – Together: community, identity and belonging 

As vaccination rates rise and Covid restrictions ease, we consider the role foundations and civil society can play in addressing the inequalities made starker and more visible by the pandemic. 

In an era of division and declining trust, how do we build a shared sense of community, locally, nationally and internationally? How do we bring people together to create places and spaces where everyone belongs? How do we navigate issues of identity while not losing sight of what connects us?  

This year’s conference will challenge all foundations to think deeply about the role that we can play in creating a more equitable future at home and abroad and in tackling the great societal, political and environmental challenges of our time. 

Participants can look forward to a wide choice of member and Official Partner led workshops. Find out more about workshops or view the full conference programme.  

Confirmed speakers

Our diverse range of engaging speakers from the foundation sector will share their insights and perspectives with participants. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Derek Bardowell, 10 Years Time and trustee of Thirty Percy
  • Lori Bezahler, Hazen Foundation
  • Sunder Katwala, British Future
  • Veronika Mora, Hungarian Donors Forum
  • Tessy Ojo CBE, The Diana Award and trustee of Comic Relief
  • Moira Sinclair OBE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Charles Keidan, Executive editor of Alliance magazine

The conference will be chaired and compèred by Kenny Imafidon, co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research, Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M), City Gateway and Spark Inside and trustee of BBC Children in Need.

Why attend?

Conference provides a unique opportunity to hear from ACF members and learn from shared experiences. Through member-led workshops, small breakout groups and keynote speeches, participants can expect to:

1. Feel supported and inspired to navigate issues around community, identity and belonging 
2. Learn from shared experiences about how wider issues around the theme are relevant to your work 
3. Find out from colleagues what they are thinking about inclusion and identity

This year’s programme is flexible and provides many opportunities for connecting with peers. All participants can: 

  • Interact with speakers through online Q&As, polls and chat 
  • Make the conference your own by mixing and matching sessions and setting your own pace for each day. Find out more about participant choice workshops 
  • Visit our virtual exhibition hall on SpatialChat to connect with colleagues, suppliers and ACF’s Official Partners  
  • Be energised by activities that use fun, creativity and physical movement in sessions supported by ACF’s Official Partner Ruffer  
  • Participate in foundation-led workshops that share innovative practice on a broad range of topics from across the UK 
  • Gain exclusive access to on-demand session recordings after the event. 

Who should attend?

The conference will appeal to all members of your team including chairs, trustees and chief executives. 
Please note that tickets for the virtual annual conference are for trusts and foundations only. If you are not sure if you are eligible to attend, please refer to ACF's membership criteria for a definition of trusts and foundations. If you are interested in attending but don't meet the criteria, please email [email protected].

How much does it cost?

Member organisations can buy individual tickets at an early bird rate of £99 until 24 September. A standard rate of £129 will apply after early bird ticket sales close. Non-member individual tickets are available at a standard rate of £189. Group bookings are now open. Book your tickets here.  

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