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Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is one of 48 community foundations in the UK, and over 1,800 similar foundations around the world. Community foundations collaborate with private philanthropists, family trusts, businesses and the public sector to provide a permanent, flexible and growing source of local charitable funding.


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Browse our 21st birthday impact 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
  • “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 did not know that an individual could set up a named fund with the community foundation – it seems especially useful for those who do not want the administration of setting up a new charity.”
    Alison Craggs
    Alison Craggs
    Blake Morgan
  • “Getting our junior employees out there volunteering sets the tone we want for the future of our organisation – they are getting invaluable experience that will ultimately benefit the firm.”
    Andrew King
    Andrew King
    Richardson's Chartered Accountants
  • “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
  • “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 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
  • “Most people want to work for, buy from and invest in responsible businesses. A culture shift is in progress, and there’s never been a better time for corporates to prove themselves in this area.”
    Grant Hayward
    Grant Hayward
  • “I am constantly astonished how much time and energy and commitment hundreds of people around Oxfordshire give to the community every week, often every day of their lives.”
    Tim Stevenson, OCF's president, wearing his Lord Lieutenant's uniform
    Tim Stevenson
    Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and OCF President
  • “The support shown by OCF – with trustee Prof. Ann Buchanan gracing the event with her presence – really helped make the event a huge success.”
    Kanta Gopal
    Kanta Gopal
    Oxford Mela
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”
    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “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

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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.

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