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ABOUT US

Connecting communities for a better Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) works to improve lives by addressing social and economic disadvantage. We tackle the most pressing social problems locally:

  • homelessness
  • educational inequality
  • loneliness and isolation.

Despite its wealth and success, our beautiful county hides a number of simply shocking and upsetting social problems here on our doorsteps. As part of our work, we uncover these issues and understand what causes them. We then bring together charities, philanthropists, businesses and the public sector to research, design and fund long-term solutions.

Our work is all about collaboration and consensus-building. We make the best ideas happen – solutions to the problems, not sticking plasters. This leads to sustained and meaningful improvements to people’s lives.

why we care

In Oxfordshire we see the worst as well as the best of Britain:

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Almost 500 people a year sleep rough in Oxford alone, with many more hidden homeless across the city and county

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Disadvantaged children in Oxfordshire are nearly two years behind their peers at school by age 16, with 17% of adults in the county having no qualifications at all

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Local pockets of deprivation and isolation destroy mental and physical health, with a 15-year gap in life expectancy for men between our most and least deprived areas.

Sources: Oxford City Council Housing and Homeless Strategy, Appendix A; Education Policy Institute and Census; Oxfordshire Insight (Oxfordshire County Council). For more in-depth information about the needs, please see our research report Oxfordshire Uncovered.
what we do

We work to improve the lives of Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged people, tackling our county’s most pressing social problems, including homelessness, educational inequality and loneliness. We realise it can be confusing to know how to invest philanthropically. What are the biggest issues? Which projects will have the most impact? Because we understand Oxfordshire’s social needs and are connected to those addressing them, we can partner with you to give intelligently to proven solutions that tackle the root causes of these issues.

how we do it

We are uniquely placed to take the lead in improving the lives of everyone in Oxfordshire. As an apolitical and impartial community foundation, with a huge network of supporters and delivery partners across charities, businesses and the statutory sector, we are a trusted influencer and partner for driving social change.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Our donors support our vision that everyone deserves a place to call home, every child should have an opportunity to thrive and everyone should feel a sense of belonging to the community where they live. They give back to their community to help make this a reality. Their vital support makes a huge difference. We know how important it is that this impact and lasting sustainable change can be seen in their community.

At OCF we help you maximise the impact of your philanthropy by harnessing the power of collective funds, expertise and passion, working with our partners for a better Oxfordshire.

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  • “It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”

    Ali Mosawi, one of OCF's donors
    Ali Mosawi
    Donor
  • “I really appreciate your work on what for my parents is such an important project. I am glad that the fund has been developing so positively and swiftly.”

    David Evans, fundholder of the Maggie Evans Fund
    David Evans
    Maggie Evans Fund
  • “Prosperity requires not just investment in economic capital, but also in social capital. Community foundations are playing a critical role in helping to deliver a more inclusive capitalism.”

    Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor
    Mark Carney
    Governor of the Bank of England
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
  • “I give for a mixture of motives: I do it to make my life more interesting; I do it to make myself feel a better person. I do it because I can; to have the pleasure associated with mixing with the people whose fields I support. I do it for the dream of actually achieving something!”

    David Harding
    David Harding
    Hedge fund manager, philanthropist and OCF donor
  • “I opened a fund with OCF because of their knowledge, expertise and extensive contacts. I set this up now as I wanted to be part of it, to make my dream come true in helping the very young – the fund encompasses everything I’ve done in the past and expands the impact I’ve achieved”.

    Jane Wates
    Jane Wates
    Jane Wates Patron Fund kickstarted our Growing Minds project
  • “OCF’s knowledge and resources drive real change. They unlock the power of community, allowing people to feel more connected to those around them, and for all who live in Oxfordshire to have better lives.”

    Amanda Ponsonby
    High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2020-2021