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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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  • “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
  • “I’ve lived in Oxfordshire for many years, and feel I’ve benefited greatly from being in such a thriving and interesting place. Leaving a legacy to OCF in my will is my way of repaying this – and I also trust that they will understand exactly where funds are needed in years to come. Having seen small voluntary sector groups come and go, I find this longevity very reassuring.”
    A silhouette of an anonymous person
    Legacy donor
    Legacy donor to OCF
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”
    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “I know the significant difference the Community Foundations have made in helping vulnerable people respond to a variety of challenges. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Community Foundations for such great work.”
    Rob Wilson
    Minister for Civil Society
  • “It’s so good to think about the bigger picture aside from the week working at the coalface. It keeps me focused about what messages we needed to get across about ourselves as a charity.”
    Alice Walters, Strategic Development Manager at Thrive.org.uk
    Alice Walters
    Strategic Development Manager, Thrive
  • “I can’t get over it; I’m still shaking when I talk about it. It’s just incredible… I feel a bit guilty about getting so much pleasure out of giving!”
    Terry Bramall, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Terry Bramall
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “I really must thank the team for helping me during the application process and for having such faith in our work.”
    Kay Alty of New Yatt Riding for the Disabled Association, giving a treat to a fleabitten grey horse
    Kay Alty
    New Yatt Riding for the Disabled
  • “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
  • “I really appreciate your work on what for my parents is such an important project. I am glad that the fund has been developing so positively and swiftly.”
    David Evans, fundholder of the Maggie Evans Fund
    David Evans
    Maggie Evans Fund
  • “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
  • “We like to find strategic solutions, not provide sticking plasters.”
    Jayne Woodley, CEO of Oxfordshire Community Foundation
    Jayne Woodley
    CEO, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
  • “I give for a mixture of motives: I do it to make my life more interesting; I do it to make myself feel a better person. I do it because I can; to have the pleasure associated with mixing with the people whose fields I support. I do it for the dream of actually achieving something!”
    David Harding
    David Harding
    Hedge fund manager, philanthropist and OCF donor
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.