ACF 2007 Conference

Caroline Hartnell

The importance of civil society’s campaigning role, engaging with new philanthropists, mission-related investing and climate change were among the topics discussed at this year’s conference of the UK-based Association of Charitable Foundations, which took place in London in September, drawing some 270 participants.

In the opening plenary on the state of civil society in the UK, all three panellists saw a key role for foundations in creating space for civil society and funding alternative voices. People automatically look to the state for solutions, while civil society is increasingly dependent on government contracts. The ‘extraordinary importance’ of young people engaging in civil society was stressed.

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