Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)

Location Central London

Position Part time

Salary Voluntary position

Application deadline 17:00, 14 May 2018
The application deadline for this role has passed

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) is the membership association for foundations and grant-making charities in the UK. Our mission is to support foundations to be ambitious and effective in the way that they use their resources for social good. We do this through the provision of policy and advocacy, research and information, and a wide-ranging programme of events and learning. Our 350 members collectively hold assets of around £50bn and give over £2.5bn annually to a diverse range of organisations and people: from community groups, charities and social enterprises to museums, hospitals and schools.

At their best foundations are the most transparent, intentional and efficient way of transforming private wealth into public benefit. They embody the belief that things can be better - mobilising funding, resources and expertise in the service of supporting others, whether by preserving social good that is under threat or catalysing it where it is absent.

One year into a new strategy under a new Chief Executive, ACF has ambitious plans to strengthen its policy voice on behalf of foundations, to develop its thought leadership, deliver ever-more value to our members, and to stimulate a conversation that articulates excellent foundation practice and raises standards across our sector for the achievement of greater social good. We will be moving from our current premises to a new London base in the next 12-24 months and our plans include achieving the establishment of a permanent centre for the UK philanthropy sector over the next five years.

This role will be crucial in leading the board on its next stage in ACF’s journey and enabling it to achieve its ambitious plans. It is an exciting time for the organisation and for its members, and this role offers a unique opportunity for an outstanding individual to lead the foundation movement to fulfil its potential for social good in our society.

Role Description

The Chair will lead the Board and hold the Executive Team to account for ACF’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.

For more information about the role and person specification please download the document below. 

To apply

The closing date for applications (by cv and cover letter) is Monday 14 May to Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Friday 8 June in Central London. If you would like to know more, or to discuss this role, in the first instance please contact our Chief Executive, Carol Mack at or telephone 020 7255 4499.

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