Named funds are created for various reasons: in memory of a loved one, to campaign for a cause close to your heart, as a way of demonstrating impactful CSR, or simply because you can and want to help. Whatever the reason, a named fund is often the most effective way of carrying out great charitable intentions.
- Donor-advised funds, which channel the charitable gifts of a single donor or small group to a portfolio of charities that match their passions and areas of interest
- Charities-in-a-box, which are a means for committed fundraisers to solicit multiple donations in order to benefit a specific cause that they are championing
Working under the foundation’s umbrella, fundholders gain access to our professional advice, local knowledge and the expertise of our small office team.
You decide how involved you are in decisions about how the fund is used, and the fund can be anonymous or named after yourself, a family member, a friend, a company or anything that is personal to you.
If you’re interested in finding out more about named funds, download our factsheet or contact us.
- “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”Winston Churchill
- “Modern teenagers need a voice and to feel that they are really being heard. This in turn will help nurture and shape an empathetic and compassionate society which we will all benefit from.”Anne Marie Cockburn
What Martha Did Next
- “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
- “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
- “The huge satisfaction to be gained from spending one’s time in giving in your later years far outweighs any pleasures that you can possibly gain on the golf course, on the beach or on the back of the yacht in the Mediterranean sipping martinis.”Mike Oglesby
Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
- “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”Warren Buffet
- “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.”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
- “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.”Andrew Carnegie
- “It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”Ali Mosawi
- “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
- “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
Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
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.
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.
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.
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.