Annual Conference

ACF Virtual Annual Conference 2020

25 – 26 November 2020 10:00am - 4:30pm

We’re really pleased to confirm that ACF’s virtual annual conference will take place this year on Wednesday 25 November and Thursday 26 November. We also hope to be announcing an optional, complimentary third day of activities on Friday 27 November. The conference will be delivered as a virtual conference, enabling wide engagement from ACF members and wider civil society. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to can take part in the conference. We believe the new virtual format will offer ACF members a tremendous opportunity to come together as one community to continue sharing and exchanging knowledge, fresh insights and sector experiences.

About this year’s conference
The first day will be themed around how foundations and civil society have responded to the pandemic and how they are working in the initial phase of the recovery period. We want to provide attendees with a moment to stop and reflect amidst the whirlwind of activity since Covid-19 struck. Sessions on day one will provide evidence and ideas so attendees can draw lessons from the pandemic about what’s working well and what needs to change in individual foundations, the foundation sector as a whole and wider civil society. 

The second day will challenge attendees to think more widely about what the changes to the economy and society as a result of Covid-19 mean for civil society, and how foundations can adapt and evolve to be ahead of these changes and maximise the impact they make in the future. This will include the launch of new resources from ACF as part of the Stronger Foundations programme to support foundations to pursue and achieve stronger practice. 

We hope to be announcing an optional, complimentary third day of activities – please check back regularly for updates.   

Member content submissions: Last chance to submit
We invite members to submit a proposal to share research, good practice or challenges at conference. We’re particularly interested in proposals around the themes of the Stronger Foundations programme (diversity, equity and inclusion; impact and learning; strategy and governance; transparency and engagement; investment; and funding practices) but we welcome other relevant proposals too. 

To find out more and to submit a proposal, please complete this form and read our conference digital formats guide for details on the options available for presenting your content virtually. Submissions will be closing soon so you are encouraged to do this as soon as possible. 

The final programme, registration and all ticket category sales will open in late September. Please check our regular communications for updates and announcements. If you have any questions in the meantime, please see our FAQs.

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