News & Insights

Silver linings & insights from chief executives of two national funding charities

Discussions with chief executives Julie Green from The R L Glasspool Charity Trust (Glasspool) and Donal Watkin from The Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO).

In this podcast, my guests Julie and Donal discuss silver linings in the current climate and how they fund and provide unwavering help and support to individuals & charities. We also explore:

  • Glasspool and ACO’s wide reach and assistance
  • funder collaboration & innovation
  • creative campaigns to help the charity sector
  • use of charity reserves & financial planning
  • astute charity initiatives & useful charity resources
  • changing landscape of grant-giving
  • and celebrating some charity success stories

Speaker bios:

Julie Green

Julie has worked as a grant-maker, bid-writer, strategist and project manager for the last 25 years. In that time she has worked for Greenwich and Lambeth Councils, Opportunities for Volunteering, The Camelot Foundation, MS Society and HCT Group (a transport social enterprise).

She has also held a number of voluntary positions. She was the treasurer of a YMCA hostel and a school governor for a primary school. She was the co-founder of Queens Boundary Community, an initiative set up in 2012 to develop community cohesion in a neighbourhood in Walthamstow.

She currently volunteers at Eat or Heat, a foodbank in Waltham Forest and is a trustee of the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO), the national umbrella body for Trusts and Foundations that give discretionary grants and welfare support to individuals in need.

She combines her interest in theatre and opera with the drama that is the life of the football fan.

Donal Watkin

Donal Watkin is Chief Executive of the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO), the national umbrella body for charities that provide grants and welfare support to individuals in need.

ACO encourage collaboration and best practice between grant making charities through the sharing of knowledge and resources to meet shared challenges.

Donal began his career with not for profit organisations in Northern Ireland and the U.S. before moving to the U.K. professional services sector. There he worked with organisations ranging from the CBI to global professional services networks, developing and supporting their growth and encouraging greater collaboration levels between members, before moving into the charity sector.

He is also a trustee of both Mid-Kent MIND and Borden Grammar School in Sittingbourne.