Call to members to join a Stronger Foundations working group

We are pleased to invite ACF member representatives, including foundation trustees, to express an interest in joining one of four Stronger Foundations’ working groups.

Stronger Foundations is a flagship two-year ACF project, which aims to help charitable foundations and grant-making trusts identify and pursue excellent practice. Through this process, ACF will support its members to be ambitious, effective and expert, so that foundation resources are allocated for social good in a way that maximises the potential benefit to the individuals, communities and causes they support.

Central to the initiative will be six working groups, each of which will focus on a different thematic area. The principal purpose of each group is to examine, discuss and debate a series of challenging questions about foundation practice related to its theme. They will be comprised of foundation representatives (including trustees) drawn from across ACF's membership. 

Two of these groups began their work earlier this year (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Impact & Learning).

We are now preparing to launch the remaining four groups:

  • Transparency & Engagement (starts December 2018), chaired by Paul Ramsbottom, Wolfson Foundation
  • Strategy & Governance (starts December 2018), chaired by Jerry Wright, Wates Foundation
  • Funding Practices (starts February 2019), chaired by Chris Llewellyn, CriSeren Foundation
  • Intentional Investing (starts February 2019), chaired by Danielle Walker-Palmour, Friends Provident Foundation

We are seeking a balance of foundation representation from across ACF’s membership, including by grant spend, geographical location, constitution, funding source, and staff size. To enable as many members to take part as possible, a foundation can only be represented on one of the working groups. If we are unable to offer you a place on a working group, we will ensure you have further opportunities to get involved, for example at regional member engagement events.

Please review the information found via this link, and submit your expression of interest to us by Friday 16th November by sending a message to

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