Jayne and Annette pose with OCF's Quality Accreditation certificate
Quality Accreditation

As part of OCF’s membership of UK Community Foundations, we must pass a rigorous Quality Accreditation assessment every three years. OCF’s most recent accreditation was awarded in October 2017 as part of QA4.

Quality Accreditation is carried out by independent assessors from Ideas to Impact, and ensures we meet common standards of governance, good financial management and proactive business planning. In our most recent evaluation, QA4, we were given the top “exemplar” rating on all but two of the assessment criteria. This provides our donors and supporters with the reassurance that we will handle funds and relationships with the utmost professionalism.

The QA4 process measures every community foundation against eleven ‘core standards’, which are summarised as follows:

  • Strategy, Governance, Definitions and Risk – OCF scored 5/5 on three core standards, and 4/5 on one
  • Financial and Information Management – OCF scored 5/5 on both of the core standards
  • Philanthropy Services – donor management and grant making – OCF scored 5/5 on five core standards, and 4/5 on one
  • Organisational and Network Development – OCF scored 5/5 on the single core standard

To see definitions of the core standards and our scores on each one, please download the summary.

The assessment process involves interviews with each community foundation’s Chair, Chief Executive and selected members of staff, and inspection of over 200 specified documents, policies and processes integral to the organisation’s operation. The conclusions from across the community foundation network are used to document best practice and share it across the UK.

The assessor’s report praised OCF for progress made since the last assessment, QA3, in 2014, in particular in relation to our reinvigorated Board of Trustees, improved online communications, publication of needs research, and better strategic direction. Other areas of strength were OCF’s professional investment managers CCLA and Brompton; a planful approach to upcoming data protection changes; our work with The Student Consultancy and The Good Exchange; our Reciprocate responsible business group; and collaborative working with neighbouring community foundations. Areas for development were to make some of our policies more public and visible; and to seek feedback in a more formal way, such as via a customer feedback survey.

If you would like to know more about how we manage donors’ funds, please contact us

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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
  • “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
  • “The huge satisfaction to be gained from spending one’s time in giving in your later years far outweighs any pleasures that you can possibly gain on the golf course, on the beach or on the back of the yacht in the Mediterranean sipping martinis.”

    Michael Oglesby, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Mike Oglesby
  • “I like to have something worthwhile to get up for each morning… I find that the larger and more strategic the gift, the more pleasure I get out of it.”

    Dame Stephanie Shirley, a British businesswoman and philanthropist
    Dame Stephanie Shirley
  • “I can’t get over it; I’m still shaking when I talk about it. It’s just incredible… I feel a bit guilty about getting so much pleasure out of giving!”

    Terry Bramall, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Terry Bramall
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”

    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
  • “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

    Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist
    Warren Buffet
  • “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.”

    Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist
    Andrew Carnegie
  • “I feel passionately that so many more people could be philanthropists and are a bit afraid of it. What we need to do as Beacon Fellows is go out there and talk about it. One of the things I want to do is to share the joy that I’ve had!”

    Marcelle Speller OBE
    Marcelle Speller OBE
    Beacon Fellow
  • “Every act of philanthropy touches a life. Deprivation is not destiny. If you come from a disadvantaged background, you just need to be given an

    Paul Marshall
    Paul Marshall
    Beacon Fellow
  • “It’s really important to tell the world about what you’re doing. You’ll be naturally quiet and modest, and it’s not very British, but it is very important, so put your modesty aside, tell the world what you’re doing, because they’ll be interested!”

    Paul Barry-Walsh
    Paul Barry-Walsh
    Beacon Fellow
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill

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