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Giving to your community
At Oxfordshire Community Foundation, we provide a personal service to help people invest in their local area. Individuals, families and companies work with us to give their money, time or skills to help meet the specific needs of Oxfordshire residents.

We use our financial expertise to grow and build donors’ charitable gifts to create a permanent, flexible source of funding for those who need it most. We have in-depth local knowledge, so can match donors’ passions and interests to grassroots projects that are helping tackle key issues and enhancing the lives of those in some of our most disadvantaged communities.

Investing via a community foundation can help you give back to your local area in several ways:

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For larger, long-term investments in the community, many individuals and corporates choose to set up a named fund as an alternative to establishing their own private trust.
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Where a donor wishes to support a particular cause or location, often the best approach is to donate to one of our existing themed funds.
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Those who wish to make regular or occasional smaller donations between £5 and £1,000 can do so by visiting our donate now page.
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You can also give your time, skills and expertise to your local community. We are always on the look-out for like-minded people with experience and passion to share with our community of people.
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Our leaflet ‘Giving wisely and locally’ shows how some of our existing donors work with us, and helps you think through your own giving options.

Download the leaflet

  • “When you become wealthy and you have a lot of money, you're starting to think about giving it away on a slightly industrial scale! Even if you give away the same percentage as ordinary people, you're giving away larger sums of money so the way you're going to do it is different.”
    David Harding
    David Harding
    Hedge fund manager, philanthropist and OCF donor
  • “It’s really important to tell the world about what you’re doing. You’ll be naturally quiet and modest, and it’s not very British, but it is very important, so put your modesty aside, tell the world what you’re doing, because they’ll be interested!”
    Paul Barry-Walsh
    Paul Barry-Walsh
    Beacon Fellow
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Every act of philanthropy touches a life. Deprivation is not destiny. If you come from a disadvantaged background, you just need to be given an opportunity.”
    Paul Marshall
    Paul Marshall
    Beacon Fellow
  • “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.”
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    Legacy donor to OCF
  • “I feel passionately that so many more people could be philanthropists and are a bit afraid of it. What we need to do as Beacon Fellows is go out there and talk about it. One of the things I want to do is to share the joy that I've had!”
    Marcelle Speller OBE
    Marcelle Speller OBE
    Beacon Fellow
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”
    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “I am incredibly grateful to be part of OCF. The phenomenal support we’ve had has meant we can keep going; reach more vulnerable and distressed people and pay for our magical herd of horses.”
    Jo Corfield of Hopethruhorses
    Jo Corfield
    Founder, Hopethruhorses
  • “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
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.

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The Maggie Evans Fund

This named fund, which helps children discover a love of books, was created in memory of Maggie Evans, who took her own life aged just 29, after a short but intense illness with depression.

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Charity Mentors

Charity Mentors is a service that helps charity leaders analyse strategic challenges and find the best way forward, coached by an expert in the field.