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Stronger Foundations: Reflect. Recover. Renew.

25 – 26 November 2020

In an unprecedented year, the ACF Virtual Annual Conference 2020 is a unique opportunity to gather as a sector and take stock. We will explore what impacts the Covid-19 crisis has had on us all, what has been learnt in the first nine months of the pandemic and what our future considerations need to be.

Why attend

  • More than 20 high quality speakers 
  • Over 8 hours of main programme content 
  • Choice of 12 member and Official Partner led sessions 
  • Polling, interaction and social activity  
  • Convenient Zoom access with multiple breaks 
  • Hear the latest sector insights 
  • Learn from your peers’ experiences
  • Share your challenges to help shape the future 
  • Considered discussions to expand your perspectives 
  • Ongoing access to recorded content post event 

The plenary session was extraordinary
– a powerful call to action

Conference Participant 2019

Key speakers

  • Sufina Ahmad, Director, John Ellerman Foundation
  • Rushanara Ali, MP, APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment
  • Baroness Diana Barran, Minister for Civil Society
  • Yvonne Field, Executive Director, Ubele Initiative
  • Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Danny Kruger, MP
  • Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chair, Wellcome Trust
  • Will Moy, Director, Full Fact
  • Simon Parker, former Director of Strategy, Redbridge Borough Council
  • Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive, Wolfson Foundation
  • Hetan Shah, Chief Executive, The British Academy
  • Danielle Walker Palmour, Director, Friends Provident Foundation
  • Rebecca Willis, Expert Lead, Climate Assembly UK
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First

Plus, multiple ACF member and Official Partner contributors
across 12 dedicated sessions!

Programme highlights

Day 1

10:00 AM – 4:00PM, plus social 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Stopping to reflect since Covid-19 struck, we will explore:

  • How foundations and civil society have responded to the pandemic 
  • How foundations are working in the initial phase of the recovery period 
  • Evidence and ideas to uncover what’s working well and what needs to change 
  • Debate how foundations, the sector, and wider civil society should be responding

Day 2

10:00 AM – 4:40 PM

Moving forward, the agenda challenges audiences to consider:

  • The lasting impacts of Covid-19 
  • What do economic and societal changes mean for civil society? 
  • How can foundations adapt and evolve to stay ahead? 
  • Can foundations maximise the impact they make in the future?
  • How the ACF Stronger Foundations project can best support the sector