Press releases

Charity infrastructure grants of up to £75k on offer from OCF’s Step Change Fund

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is seeking applications to its Step Change Fund – formerly Future-Building Fund – which is offering grants of up to £75,000 to local charities that want to build their capacity. Download the press release


Reciprocate businesses share expertise with charities via skills workshop series

Led by accountancy firm Clark Howes, Reciprocate Encounters is a quarterly-run professional skills programme delivered by companies who want to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with the charity sector on a range of business-critical areas. Download the press release


OCF transforms unclaimed client balances from solicitor firms into an asset for the community

Where residual monies on client accounts cannot be traced and returned to the original owner, professional firms are required to give these unclaimed balances to charity. Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is working with local law firms to turn these unused funds into community investments. Download the press release


New report reveals the dark side of Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) has launched a new research report that uncovers some surprising facts and figures about the county. The report, Oxfordshire Uncovered, demonstrates that behind Oxfordshire’s wealth and beauty, many citizens are struggling with deprivation, abuse or loneliness. Download the press release


Oxford builder Beard launches new Charitable Foundation

Oxford-based construction company Beard has launched a charitable foundation to support staff community initiatives and construction education projects. The foundation has been set up with a £250,000 donation from the Beard family and will be held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation. Download the press release

Press appearances

BBC Oxford News, 21 June 2016
Oxfordshire Uncovered


BBC Radio Oxford, 21 June 2016
Oxfordshire Uncovered
Jayne Woodley talks to Charles Nove from BBC Radio Oxford about the launch of Oxfordshire Uncovered and some of the issues Oxfordshire faces highlighted in the publication. Listen to the broadcast


Philanthropy Impact Magazine, April 2016
Social investment: just one string to the philanthropic bow
Jayne Woodley writes, I am enthusiastic about the concept of social investment and its potential for charitable causes to engage with new supporters who are looking to achieve not only a social return but also a financial return. However, I remain yet to be convinced that social investment will radically displace philanthropy. Read the article


Oxford Times, 3 December 2015
Head of Oxfordshire charity condemns Black Friday shoppers

Jayne Woodley, chief executive of Oxfordshire Community Foundation, a charity which connects donors with local causes, said she found the “frenzied behaviour of Black Friday shoppers appalling”. Read the article


Oxford Mail, 14 November 2015
Doing good voted better than paying to look good

A packed audience at the Oxford Union voted against the idea that spending money on looking good was more important than doing good. The 380-strong audience listened to a mixture of arguments from six high-profile speakers before casting their vote. Read the article


That’s Oxford TV, 13 Nov 2015
Is looking good better than doing good?

On Tuesday Oxfordshire Community Foundation held a debate at the Oxford union as to whether it is better to look good or be good. Alex Wolfe went to hear both sides. Watch the report


Oxford Times, 23 May 2015
Matches being made in charities heaven

“We connect people and bring them together, a bit like a dating agency matching donors with groups in need of funding,” said OCF chief executive Jayne Woodley. “Everyone has different causes they feel passionate about and want to support. It’s our job to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.” Read the article


Oxford Mail, 7 March 2015
Honouring those who help keep communities thriving

OCF’s Chair Anna Moon received a prestigious High Sheriff’s Award in recognition of her dedicated 19-year voluntary service at the community foundation. Read the article


B4 Magazine, August 2014
A bright future for Oxfordshire: an image of charitable community investment that lasts forever

OCF CEO Jayne Woodley writes about the need for charitable investment in Oxfordshire, and how the unique community foundation model is helping make a long-term difference. Read the article (page 101)


Oxford Mail, August 2014
Sports clubs need to be equipped

Sports clubs have been targeted for improving first aid access by the widow of a footballer who died on the pitch. Nikki Rouse Thompson set up the Legacy for a Legend named fund with OCF to provide public defibrillators and first aid training. Read the article


Oxford Times, April 2014 
Joining forces could strengthen Oxfordshire charities

The Charity Commission says there are more than 3,000 registered charities in the county, but many of them are trying to do the same thing. Jayne Woodley talks about how small groups could collaborate together to achieve similar aims, and how the Future-Building Fund is helping. Read the article

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