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Stronger Foundations: Reflect. Recover. Renew.

25 – 26 November 2020

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

Catch up with On Demand content

  • Replay all speaker permitted Zoom recordings 
  • Review panel discussions at your own pace 
  • View member session and Official Partner slides 
  • Hear reactions to audience questions and chat   
  • Listen to sector insights again 
  • Learn from your peers’ experiences
  • Share with internal colleagues to help shape the future 
  • Experience the new Stronger Foundation toolset   

“Incredibly well organised, creatively presented with a very good mix of provocations, presentations, panels and Q&As from some very high quality speakers”

Conference participant 2020

Key speakers included:

  • 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 explored:

  • 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 
  • How foundations, the sector, and wider civil society should be responding

Day 2

10:00 AM – 4:40 PM

Moving forward, the agenda challenged 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