Around 50 companies have shared their passion for their local area by publishing pledges for charitable and community activities they will undertake over the coming year. The businesses are all members of OCF’s responsible business group Reciprocate.
Volunteer’s Week, from 1st to 7th June, is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Locally, Team Oxford has launched a movement to build more collaborations between charities and volunteers wanting to improve lives.
Following a highly successful period of fundraising, including grants totalling £10,000 from OCF, Aesop has announced a significant expansion of its pioneering Dance to Health programme.
The Beacon Awards for philanthropy were announced at a glittering ceremony at Mansion House last week, with 12 people recognised for their generosity, innovation and collaboration. OCF supporters Jane Wates OBE and Monawar Hussain were amongst those shortlisted, in the company of winners Dame Kelly Holmes and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Reciprocate members and staff from Oxfordshire Community Foundation joined over 950 delegates at yesterday’s Business in Oxford conference at The King’s Centre in Oxford. Delegates enjoyed seminars on a wide range of topics, including a session on corporate social responsibility sponsored by Reciprocate member Unipart.
A packed audience of around 200 Oxfordshire business leaders were given an insight into how the John Lewis Partnership puts the happiness of its Partners (staff) at the centre of its business, at a high-profile OCF event in Oxford this week.
As a charity funder, OCF knows that charities rely on hard cash for projects and running costs to carry out their work. A new focus on volunteering aims to complement this and help charities access new volunteers.
Sponsored by Allen Associates, OCF is hosting a Q&A over breakfast with Andy Street, former Managing Director of John Lewis. The event at Saïd Business School on the morning of 14th February is the chance for members of OCF responsible business group Reciprocate and other interested companies to hear from the man at the helm of one of the UK’s most recognised retail brands.
Medical communications company Oxford Pharmagenesis – a member of OCF’s responsible business group Reciprocate – is to run a free session for local charities upskilling them in the effective use of social media. The seminar takes place on 21st February at Freeths in Oxford Business Park.
Members of OCF’s responsible business group Reciprocate gathered at Thames Valley Police HQ South in Kidlington last night to learn more about the force’s community policing strategies and understand the impact of cybercrime. The launch of the Reciprocate website was also announced.