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Giving for individuals and families
We understand that none of us are the same, and words like charity and philanthropy can often mean different things to different people. We are here to guide individuals and families through the options available, so that your giving fits with your passions and world view.

Giving through a community foundation means that your charitable investment is in a safe pair of hands. If you have been considering giving something back, it’s worth reflecting on how to do so in a more strategic way to ensure that your contributions really will make a difference.

Giving you added reassurance
The number of charities doing great work and asking for help can be overwhelming. Giving under our umbrella comes with the added reassurance that any causes we support have been approved by our independent grants panel, enabling you to focus on the things that matter most to you. We will also ensure, wherever appropriate, that you benefit from any available match-funding or eligible Gift Aid, which will further boost the value of your charitable giving.
A bespoke service
Many donors choose to channel their significant regular gifts through an allocated named fund as an alternative to setting up their own charity or trust fund. This works for donors in a range of financial situations, such as:

  • Being in receipt of a legacy, or wanting to leave one
  • Earning or inheriting substantial sums
  • Selling a business or shares
  • Owning property or assets that exceed everyday needs

We also have a wide-reaching overview of the different financial options open to socially minded individuals, such as Social Investment Tax Relief (see factsheet available for download below). Whatever your personal circumstances, we believe our small and experienced team will be able to provide you with a giving solution that will meet your needs and interests.

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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.

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  • “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
  • “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 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
  • “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 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 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
  • “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’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
    Legacy donor to OCF
  • “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
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
  • “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
  • “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
Illustration showing that UK community foundations enable 15,000 individuals to support local causes
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.