At OCF, we could not even entertain our ambitions as a leading support organisation for the charitable sector without the help of other organisations. We are connected with many networks, and can continually do more by working in partnership, rather than by significantly expanding our staff team.
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.
Charity Mentors provides a free mentoring service to benefit local charitable organisations. A small team of experienced mentors, who have all been in the position of running organisations, use their skill to help charity leaders analyse current strategic challenges, and weigh up options for the best way forward.
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action and Charity Mentors Oxfordshire have come together to provide a ‘First Stop’ service. Offering monthly one-to-one slots for charity leaders (trustees, senior managers or chief executives) to talk in complete confidence about any challenges they are facing. Find out more here
Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) is a community development charity which helps communities and individuals to identify issues that affect them and find their own solutions. They support and advise volunteer-led actions in Oxfordshire, helping hundreds of volunteers fulfil many roles in their communities. Based on the principles of Asset-based Community Development, stronger, more sustainable communities are built using the skills and gifts that people already have.
NEXUS is a partnership programme which connects businesses with charities, social enterprises and start-ups. They signpost information and host events to facilitate introductions and sharing experiences. They enable members to collaborate, learn and grow as part of a like-minded community.
Through Mapping – Supporting – Coordinating – Simplifying – Oxfordshire All In’s mission is simple: to help support a joined up approach to Covid-19 across the county that is effective, efficient, resilient, and which reaches the most isolated and vulnerable.
They are building a sophisticated tool for individuals, volunteer groups, community organisations and public bodies alike in the Oxfordshire response to Covid-19.
OCF is a key partner and supporter of Oxfordshire All In.
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) supports Oxfordshire’s voluntary and charitable sector with development and funding advice, information and training. They often advise groups to apply to us for funding and support them in making their grant applications.
OCVA and Charity Mentors Oxfordshire have come together to provide a ‘First Stop’ service. Offering monthly one-to-one slots for charity leaders (trustees, senior managers or chief executives) to talk in complete confidence about any challenges they are facing. Find out more here
The Charity Commission regulates and registers charities in England and Wales. The Charity Commission acknowledges that community foundations have a reputation for the effective management of charitable funds in order to maximise their impact at local level. It encourages working with them as an alternative to setting up a new charity or continuing with a dormant or ineffective trust fund.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is the umbrella organisation for all community foundations. They have quality accredited Oxfordshire Community Foundation to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission, and provide advice and support. They work to deliver UK-wide fundraising and grant-making programmes through community foundations.
In 2016 OCF became the first community foundation in the UK to publish open data about our grant-making on 360 Giving. This online platform provides a consistent standard for data publication, and helps people to understand and use the data in order to support decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.
Through our strategic initiatives and grant-making, we improve people’s lives across Oxfordshire.
We take an increasingly proactive role through our strategic initiatives, which facilitate strong cooperation between organisations wanting to improve communities, regardless of their sector. This creates unique partnerships between the charity, private and public sector that enable more progress to be made, more effectively. Details of the partners in our strategic initiatives can be found from our impact pages here.
OCF distributes around £1 million in grants every year to charities across Oxfordshire that are working at the grassroots level. This incorporates funds awarded at OCF’s discretion and according to our strategic priorities, as well as grants made through donor-advised funds and national funders. We publish full details of all the organisations we have supported via 360Giving, the open data source for grant funders. You can find a year by year list (since 2013) here.