Reference Work Entry

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

pp 37-38

Association of Charitable Foundations

  • Diana LeatAffiliated withCass Business School London, The City University

Address of Organization

Central House 14 Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0AE UK www.​acf.​org.​uk


The Association of Charitable Foundations is the leading membership organization for foundations and grantmaking charities in the UK. It is based in London but holds various meetings and conferences in other parts of the UK.

Brief History

ACF held its inaugural meeting in 1989 attracting representatives of 80 foundations. The creation of ACF was led by a group of eight foundations, despite opposition and apathy by some others. Those opposed to ACF’s creation were concerned that an association would detract from the autonomy and individuality of foundations, that it would encourage bureaucracy – and that it was unnecessary. After a feasibility study the eight supporting foundations decided to create an experimental organization (with a review after three or four years) designed to bring together trustees and administrators “which could whe ...

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