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Our work with The Good Exchange

The Good Exchange is an online platform that enables the auto-matching of grant applications to a funder’s specific grant-giving criteria. In 2017, OCF started working with The Good Exchange to help charities access more support.

  • Charities spend £100m a year on grant applications
  • Over 60% of charities lack skills in general, online and corporate fundraising
  • Up to 90% of applications can be rejected

With trusts and foundations typically only able to grant funds to 10% to 15% of all applications in each grant round, OCF and The Good Exchange have joined together to help fundraisers quickly and easily apply to multiple funders. By sharing relevant applications with other funders on The Good Exchange, we are driving a more streamlined funding process that will allow multiple funders to contribute to the same charitable initiative. This facilitates the fastest and optimum distribution of charitable funds to causes that matter most.

The Good Exchange has published a ground-breaking report on ‘How Technology will Transform the Charitable Sector for Trusts, Foundations and Corporates’. Download the report

A separate report, which challenges charities to embrace technology to access more funding, is also available from The Good Exchange. Download the report


OCF is encouraging other Oxfordshire funders in our network to sign up to The Good Exchange, where they will be able to co-fund projects, shortlist and manage applications, and offer match funding. We are also automatically sharing applications to OCF’s Delivering Impact grants programme with multiple funders via The Good Exchange, where consent for this has been given on the application form.

If you are interested in being part of this pilot, either as a funder or an applicant charity, please contact us

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  • “99% of 500 charities interviewed said the grant application process was too complicated and bureaucratic, calling for standardised and centralised forms.”

    Smarter Grants Initiative
    Unlocking Smarter Grants Report
  • “Organisations are being forced to use precious time and resources writing proposal after proposal to countless trusts because they don’t have enough information”

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Blagrave Trust
    Listening for change: Two sides of the same coin

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