ACF announces significant new commercial partnerships

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) has announced the launch of its Official Partner Programme, aimed at enhancing the way it works with commercial organisations and, in doing so, leveraging financial expertise and learning for the benefit of its members and the wider foundation community.

The Programme will see ACF enter into four year arrangements with Cazenove Charities, CCLA and Ruffer LLP, deepening and integrating its relationship with each organisation.

Through the Programme, ACF hopes to draw on the investment intelligence of its partners and bring it to bear across its events, training, information and research outputs.

The Programme replaces previous one-off sponsorship arrangements and will instead enable foundations to benefit from a knowledge-led approach from partners with an established reputation for engagement with the sector and a robust attitude towards issues of ESG.

The move follows a new strategic plan and a staffing restructure aimed at delivering on the changes requested by members – namely to become a more powerful voice in advocating for foundations while continuing to develop services.

ACF chief executive Carol Mack said:

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of the Official Partner Programme, which represents a significant moment in ACF’s development. I believe strongly that it will enhance our member offer, without compromising our role in providing protected space for high-value peer exchange and learning. In joining the Programme, each partner is demonstrating their long term commitment to the health of the sector and we look forward to working with them in an engaged, equitable and productive way over the course of the coming years. “

Cazenove Charities head of policy Kate Rogers said:

“We believe in collaboration. That shared experiences can improve outcomes. This is why the Association for Charitable Foundations is both needed and valued. We hope that our support for ACF will continue to help Foundations get the most from their philanthropic capital. Combining our experience in investing endowments with your ability to make every pound count.”

CCLA chief executive Michael Quicke OBE said:

“ACF’s members play an important role in society and the charity sector. Through their work and the resources they provide they make a valuable contribution to the lives of others domestically and internationally. For sixty years CCLA has been helping charities make the very best of their investments, and through this partnership with ACF we hope to help their members maximise the impact of their work.”

Ruffer investment director Christopher Queree said:

“Ruffer LLP is delighted to be officially partnering with the ACF. We are committed to a long-term relationship with the charity sector and see this exciting new partnership as a natural evolution in our engagement with a sector that we have now served for over twenty years. 

We look forward to playing our part in the debate on both the new and ongoing challenges facing the sector from ESG investment issues to those relating to investment risk and sustainable investment returns.”



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