Jane Mactaggart holds her own named fund with Oxfordshire Community Foundation, to which she makes an annual donation. She works with us to develop a rolling portfolio of charitable giving. Her community investment focuses on small groups doing hands-on work, in particular helping people with mental health difficulties, and addressing women’s issues in Oxfordshire.
Jane comes from a family that reflects carefully on its charitable giving. Her father Ian Mactaggart was a successful property builder in Glasgow, and encouraged all of his children to be community minded. This trend continues today, with the family’s Ian Mactaggart Trust making over three million pounds in grants since 1984, including to OCF. The family also holds an Annual General Meeting where younger members are encouraged to think about their charitable giving, by taking part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition to pitch for funding for a charity of their choice.
Jane’s involvement with community foundations began when she lived in Wiltshire, and wanted a mechanism to give to her local community. She explains: “I would never have known about many of the causes I’ve helped if the community foundation hadn’t told me about them. For example, one of the first causes I gave to produced tailor-made smart clothing for disabled people, so that they would have something to wear to job interviews. These organisations are doing vital work and they need our support.”
Jane became a trustee of Wiltshire Community Foundation, and got in touch with OCF when she moved to Oxford. She now has a named fund under OCF’s umbrella, which allows her to make grants locally to causes that match her interests.
Jane’s impressive portfolio of Oxfordshire giving since 2007 consists of over 100 grants, from women’s welfare groups such as Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre and Didcot All Migrant Women Association, to mental health charities such as Restore and Archway Foundation. Jane is also a philanthropy fellow, attending events and meetings to encourage others to follow her example.
“I would never have known about many of the causes I’ve helped if the community foundation hadn’t told me about them. They are doing vital work and they need our support.”
- Individual donor wanting to make a difference to small groups
- Trustee of a private family trust in her father’s name
- Former small business owner and former trustee of both Oxfordshire and Wiltshire Community Foundations
- Mental health provision and carers
- Women’s issues
- Information about multiple small local causes that she would not have known about otherwise
- Reassurance that small groups benefiting from her support are checked and monitored