The Oxfordshire Community Foundation team wishes you all a very merry Christmas, full of warmth and happiness. Our office will be closed from Wednesday 24th December to Thursday 1st January inclusive.
The Philanthropy Fellowship, a network of community philanthropists set up to inspire a greater culture of giving in the UK, hits a milestone this December as a new report documenting great British philanthropy is published.
Community leaders from across Oxford have held a service uniting people from different faith traditions and none, led by OCF supporter Imam Monowar Hussain DL, whose named fund with the community foundation aims to build links across different groups.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has praised the role of community foundations in creating an inclusive capitalism, as OCF-funded charity My Life My Choice starts a new campaign asking for tolerance and inclusion.
Jo Corfield, who has pioneered equine involvement therapy for emotionally troubled young people and adults, has received new backers since she began working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation.
At the end of November, OCF once again launched its annual Surviving Winter appeal alongside other community foundations in the UK. Now in its fifth year, we believe this continues to provide a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the challenges faced by older and vulnerable people.
The Beacon Awards for Philanthropy has launched a search for inspirational philanthropists in the UK. As local Beacon agents, Oxfordshire Community Foundation are keen to find nominees from Oxfordshire for the prestigious philanthropy awards, which will be presented in April 2015.
It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of The Duke of Marlborough yesterday, who was our patron and a great friend of Oxfordshire Community Foundation. The Duke had his home at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and was an esteemed ambassador for our community foundation. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this time.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s CEO Jayne Woodley has been shortlisted for the Employee of the Year Venus Award. The Venus Awards reward high-achieving Oxfordshire businesswomen for their professional contribution, and Jayne has been recognised in several categories.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation awarded £205,713.02 in grants to local community organisations from April 2013 to March 2014, benefiting Oxfordshire residents of all ages, ethnicities and abilities. Charities from every corner of the county received a boost for the great work they are doing to support Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged.