Oxfordshire Community Foundation is working with funding platform The Good Exchange in a bid to forge new partnerships with charitable trusts, local authorities and social investment partners, and provide complementary funding to charities doing great work in the county.
The Good Exchange can help local charities and community organisations to reach their fundraising goals by creating fundraising appeals which are automatically matched with multiple eligible grant-funding schemes. The appeals can be shared on social media and fundraising events can be created to attract donors and fundraisers all in one place.
Funders can match fund donations and grants made to projects through the platform, and can see who else is considering supporting projects so they can co-fund projects and enter into partnership funding agreements. The platform has already raised over £3 million for local good causes in grants and donations in West Berkshire and North Hampshire since it launched in September 2016.
The Good Exchange has now officially launched in Oxfordshire, and through a partnership with Oxfordshire Community Foundation, the project is focused on bringing charities and community organisations together with grant funders, donors and fundraisers to support local projects in reaching their fundraising targets and transform neighbourhoods.
Chief Operating Officer at The Good Exchange Ed Gairdner said: “I am delighted to be working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation as they are the leading local voice and visionary in the charitable sector. We both have an aspiration to attract and work collaboratively with established funders, local authorities and philanthropists to provide funding, sharing of information, as well as utilising technology to identify charitable needs to improve people’s lives.”
OCF Chief Executive Jayne Woodley added: “We are excited about working with The Good Exchange because we share the same vision of using and sharing technology for good in our communities. There is a great potential to work in partnership with The Good Exchange and collaborate with other community platforms to generate funding, source volunteers and work with local businesses who want to give their skills and expertise to help the voluntary sector. This partnership can help us tackle the serious social issues like homelessness and the lack of affordable housing which are prevalent in Oxfordshire at the moment.”
If you would like to find out more about providing partnership funding or promoting a project through The Good Exchange, please contact Julia Iball at OCF: firstname.lastname@example.org.