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Events and learning

ACF events and learning programmes have been specifically designed to support grant-makers in their work.

All events are open to members and some are open to non-members where stated. We welcome staff or trustees from organisations in the UK who are either endowed foundations or who make grants for charitable purposes. 

Please note that ACF learning, events and networks will continue to take place online unless stated otherwise. This will be reviewed regularly and we will keep you updated with any changes to our events programme or delivery method.  

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Our events and learning programmes

Learning events

Learning events have been specifically created to assist foundations and grant-making charities. They connect you with good practice in the foundation sector and support you to develop your expertise. Our events create a space for peer discussion, connection with sector experts and learning from leading practitioners working in the field.

Investment seminars and events

A series of learning opportunities led by senior foundation practitioners and expert input from our Official Partners. These events empower participants to realise the full potential of their investment assets to achieve their charitable objectives, and to explore responsible, sustainable and impact driven investment. Our two-day investment seminars run bi-annually to help equip senior staff and trustees for their investment oversight responsibilities; shorter learning sessions raise topics of interest to a wide audience of foundation staff and trustees.
Contact [email protected] to learn more and receive emails on upcoming investment events.

Social Impact Investors Group (SIIG)

Learning events and market information days run by our Social Impact Investors Group for foundations interested in exploring or currently undertaking social impact investing (making investments which deliver both a financial return and social impact). These jargon-free events provide an overview of social impact investing, and explore emerging issues such as impact reporting, accounting for social investments and providing flexible, patient investment for social purpose organisations.
Contact [email protected] to learn more and receive emails about the SIIG.


Annual conference

Our annual conference is the biggest trust and foundation sector event of the year. It provides an opportunity for foundation staff and thought leaders to connect with peers from across the UK, gain knowledge and skills, and be inspired by new ideas and good practice. It enables foundations large and small, with a wide variety of charitable aims, to come together and reflect on the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector.

An evening for chairs

Our exclusive, annual reception brings together the Chairs of our member trusts and foundations for a valuable opportunity to share challenges and learn from peers. Typically, the event features a panel discussion focusing on the current issues facing the independent funding sector and the role that boards play in facing those challenges. This is followed by a Q&A, facilitated group discussion and plenty of time for networking.

Policy events

The Members’ Policy Forum creates opportunities to engage directly with policy work and policymakers by convening events around issues of interest to your foundation and the communities or causes you support.
The Funders’ Collaborative Hub is a sector-wide initiative hosted by ACF, which offers a regular programme of events aiming to increase alignment and collaboration in response to Covid-19 by connecting you with other funders and existing funder collaborations.


Our event booking and refunds policy can be found here.