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.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “We have been supported by your organisation since I started the club 22 years ago. You have helped us in hard times, keeping the kids on the straight and narrow. I would like to thank you for all your support - without groups like you we would struggle to survive.”
    Mel Corrigan
    Mel Corrigan
    Mel Corrigan, Head Coach, Berinsfield Amateur Boxing Club
  • “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 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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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 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
  • “A BIG THANK YOU to the community foundation for your support. The valuable work and support the foundation provides to many organisations and groups is fundamental to the delivery of vital services supporting vulnerable families, children , young people... Your support for our project is very much valued and appreciated.”
    Carol Richards on the canal
    Carol Richards
    Children & Families Services Manager at Dovecote Children's Centre
FEATURED

Legacy for a Legend logo

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.

Royds Withy King logo

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.