Annual Conference

ACF annual conference

07 November 2018

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP


A call for break-out session proposals – now closed

Closing date for proposals

6pm Friday 04 May 2018


What we are looking for

The break-out sessions at our annual conference provide a type of peer-to-peer learning that is a powerful way to develop an understanding of a topic as well as to stimulate thought and debate, often addressing cutting-edge topics or delving into recurring issues with new thinking. The break-out sessions can be a type of communication that is mutually beneficial – both to the delegate and to the leaders of the sessions.

The quality and variety of break-out sessions that we are able to offer at the conference provides a significant part of the day and therefore the proposals we receive from members and others are invaluable. So thank you in advance!

If you have an interesting idea, have done some significant research, or you have learnt something of note through your work and you would like to share this with fellow colleagues at a break-out session at our conference on the 07 November 2018, then we would welcome a break-out session proposal from you for consideration.



Our conference is aimed at staff, trustees and others involved in charitable foundations.


A wide range of topics

We are especially interested in receiving break-out session proposals that address the following issues:

Sharing any of your current learning about foundation practice
Research about the environment in which foundations operate and which will inform their work
Challenges and issues affecting smaller foundations (those who give under £500,000 per annum).


Break-out planning session – an exclusive gathering of thought leaders

Tuesday 18 September 2018 11.00am – 1.30pm, London (includes lunch).

Building upon the learning and feedback from members from past conferences, this will be an opportunity for yourself and the contributors to your session, to meet together and compare content and ideas to help fine tune your conference break-out session.


Selection Process

Please be aware that we often receive a higher number of proposals than can be accommodated.

The selection process is governed in part by seeking a balance of different topics and formats that will appeal to the broad range of our membership. If we receive several proposals on a similar theme we may seek to amalgamate them into a single break-out session.


How to submit your break-out session proposal

Please complete the break-out session proposal form.

Email your completed form to by 6pm Friday 04 May 2018

To access the break-out session proposal form please click here

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