Rowers at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire
OUR PEOPLE
It’s a tall order to deliver genuine, lasting community impact. By collaborating widely with others who share our aims, we have built a charitable community of our own, which is what helps us accomplish great things.

The OCF community is made up of:

Our staff
a small office-based team who act as the glue to bring our community of people together.
Our patrons and trustees
who make sure that we follow best practice, lead our grants panels, and introduce us to new people and organisations that can help us achieve our goals.
Our donors and fundholders
the lifeblood of our organisation. Their generous philanthropic donations and actions sustain us, enabling us to support so many worthwhile projects and dynamic social action.
Our groups
the beneficiaries of our funding, who are delivering projects that relieve deprivation and social exclusion, and make Oxfordshire a better place for us all.
Our friends and partners
the many people and organisations that support or work with us. Some give us their time or their services, and some collaborate with us for social good.
  • “You should focus. You can't change the whole world, but you might want to focus on one little piece of the world that you can change, and I think if you put a lot of time and energy into that one thing, you're going to be much more effective.”
    Marcelle Speller OBE
    Marcelle Speller OBE
    Beacon Fellow
  • “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
  • “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
  • “We like to find strategic solutions, not provide sticking plasters.”
    Jayne Woodley, CEO of Oxfordshire Community Foundation
    Jayne Woodley
    CEO, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”
    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “OCF have been a pleasure to deal with: efficient, effective, and prompt in their communications, and understanding when problems or delays have impeded our progress, for which we are very grateful. The work they are doing in our county is first-class, reaching into all areas of the community.”
    Helen Johns
    Helen Johns
    Thame Players Theatre Company
  • “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.