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ABOUT US
Oxfordshire Community Foundation connects people who want to give to local charities with causes that are making a real difference to social problems in our county. We help individuals, families and companies channel their generosity and directly address the issues that matter most to them.

With an in depth knowledge of Oxfordshire’s charitable sector, and over 20 years of experience of working with the local community, OCF is a trusted advisor to people who want to give something back. In fact, we help them do more than this – we help them make a genuine, long-term investment in Oxfordshire.

Because we are not cause-specific, we enable people to develop a portfolio of giving – covering the whole sweep of community activity, in both urban and rural Oxfordshire, with our grant-making programmes. Our approach champions small ideas that could turn into something big for the local community – providing a springboard for social change.

OCF acts as a unique incubator for the local charitable sector. Several successful Oxfordshire charities received their first ever grant from us, including the award-winning Yellow Submarine and Student Hubs. Both of these groups have gone on to significantly scale up their activity and impact, and are working towards becoming financially independent via ground-breaking social enterprises. We are proud to have seed-funded these and other excellent local groups.

The short film below is an interview with Jayne Woodley where she focuses on the challenges that face Oxfordshire and the community foundation today.

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  • “I would never have known about many of the causes I’ve helped if the community foundation hadn’t told me about them. They are doing vital work and they need our support.”
    Jane Mactaggart, one of our generous donors and philanthropy fellows
    Jane Mactaggart
    Donor
  • “Many thanks indeed. This sum will make a significant difference to the project. We appreciate enormously the support for Falcon from OCF and from Comic Relief. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to your colleagues.”
    Roger Tritton
    Roger Tritton
    Falcon Rowing and Canoe Club
  • “It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”
    Ali Mosawi, one of OCF's donors
    Ali Mosawi
    Donor
  • “Personally I would just like to say a massive thank you for your wonderful donation towards our wheelchairs. Without it it would have taken much longer to get this project off the ground. For that I will be eternally grateful for your wonderful support.”
    Keeley Bond
    Keeley Bond
    Faringdon Community College PTA
  • “Prosperity requires not just investment in economic capital, but also in social capital. Community foundations are playing a critical role in helping to deliver a more inclusive capitalism.”
    Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor
    Mark Carney
    Governor of the Bank of England
  • “The huge satisfaction to be gained from spending one’s time in giving in your later years far outweighs any pleasures that you can possibly gain on the golf course, on the beach or on the back of the yacht in the Mediterranean sipping martinis.”
    Michael Oglesby, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Mike Oglesby
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “I like to have something worthwhile to get up for each morning… I find that the larger and more strategic the gift, the more pleasure I get out of it.”
    Dame Stephanie Shirley, a British businesswoman and philanthropist
    Dame Stephanie Shirley
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”
    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.”
    Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist
    Andrew Carnegie
    Philanthropist
  • “Much of the council's work would be impossible were it not for the contribution that the voluntary sector makes to almost everything that goes on in the county.”
    Tim Stevenson, OCF's president, wearing his Lord Lieutenant's uniform
    Tim Stevenson
    Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and OCF President
  • “The overriding aim of LYP is to bring hope for the future to young people, some of whom have given up on expecting anything positive out of life.”
    Richard Colebrook, founder of the Leys Youth Programme
    Richard Colbrook
    Project Leader, Leys Youth Programme
  • “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
    Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist
    Warren Buffet
    Philanthropist
FEATURED

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Legacy for a Legend

When Paul Thompson died of a sudden cardiac event, his wife and friend created a named fund in his memory that is used to fund life-saving defibrillators.

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Royds Withy King

Withy King’s patron fund with OCF helps us deliver a professional, efficient service to our donors and grant recipients, and helps them become more strategic with their charitable giving.

Jane Mactaggart, one of our generous donors and philanthropy fellows

Jane Mactaggart

Jane holds her own named fund, to which she makes an annual donation. She works with us to develop a rolling portfolio of charitable giving.