Membership of ACF is open to any UK organisation which is an endowed foundation, or makes grants for charitable purposes. ACF interprets the term grant-making to include investing for charitable purposes. Examples of this might include, but not be limited to, the following activities undertaken for charitable purposes:
- Grants of money, or donations of assets or professional support;
- Investing via loans, equity-like capital and other social investment instruments;
- Investing directly or via partners to develop programmes of research, policy work or practical interventions.
Please Note: UK charities which are both fundraising and grant-making are welcome to join ACF, but may not use their membership or ACF meetings in order to seek grants or raise funds.
Membership Benefits are detailed here.
|Full||Open to UK charities which have grant-making as a principal function and which make grants from income of which at least 30% is derived from assured sources*. Full members have access to the complete range of ACF services and benefits, and may also elect ACF's Trustee Board and vote at formal meetings.|
|Associate||Only open to grant-making organisations which don’t meet the conditions of FULL membership because grant-making is not a principal function, their income is not assured**, or they are based outside the UK. Associate members have access to the complete range of ACF services and benefits.|
|Affiliate||A discretionary category for organisations which administer or act as a trustee for several grant-making trusts or foundation.|
How to Join:
To join ACF please complete our online membership application form.
Alternatively, you can download and print our membership form to complete and return via post to the address on the form, or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a copy or link to your organisation's most recent Annual Report and Accounts and a grants list (if it is published separately). Please also provide a copy or link to the charity governing document.
If you have any questions about the membership application process or you would like more information about ACF's services and support for trusts and foundations please contact Natasha Robinson, Senior Membership Manager: email@example.com or telephone: 020 7255 4499.
*Assured Sources of Income
Interest and dividends on investments
Rent from land or property
Spending of capital
Regular long-term donations, committed for at least 3 years
Well established periodic public appeals.
**Non-assured Sources of Income
One-off or irregular donations from individuals and companies
One-off public appeals
Payroll giving, except where established over a long period
Grants from Government or other grant-making trusts and foundations.