Helping Individuals in Need


'Helping Individuals in Need: A guide to good practice for charities', a toolkit for grant-giving charities, has been published by the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO).

Written by Caroline Aldred and Clementine Cowl, who both have many years experience working in charities, the guide is based on the questions often asked in round table sessions among ACO members.

Challenging decisions

A grant-giving charity’s objectives may be to help members of a particular profession or professional body, residents of a particular geographical area or community or employees of specific employers. There are often challenging decisions to be made about who a charity will help and who falls outside the charity’s scope. There are some important obligations that apply to all charities, such as safeguarding and data protection.

In smaller charities, one member of staff may be responsible for a wide range of activities.

'Helping Individuals in Need' seeks to answer common questions that people working in grant-giving charities may have about:

  • Making grants

  • Offering other charitable activities - such as advice and services, home visits and using volunteers

  • Governance and management - including safeguarding and data protection

  • Sources of income.

Read 'Individuals in Need: A guide to good practice for charities'

Source: Association of Charitable Officers website