Kate Fyson was elected to the OCF trustee board last week, and brings extensive experience in finance and high-level planning that will help us fulfil our ambitions over the coming years.
OCF is at the heart of a new Banbury partnership that has received seed funding from the Placed Based Social Action programme, initiated by the Big Lottery Fund and Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
On Monday donors to OCF’s Step Change Fund gathered to hear about the progress of our flagship grants programme, which in 2017/18 made £252,000 in investments that boost the operational management of Oxfordshire’s leading small charities.
At a ceremony at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, local businessman Richard Venables was sworn in as the 2018-19 High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, replacing Jane Cranston. During his year he will run a series of sporting challenges for businesses.
OCF is seeking donations to its High Sheriff’s Community Integration fund, which brings together people from different backgrounds, builds mutual understanding and encourages a sense of belonging to the wider community.
OCF’s latest round of grant funding will help 12 different charitable organisations carrying out hard-hitting work that prevents crime, or deals with the fall-out of criminal activity for families.
This Saturday is international Open Data Day. Open data helps to build the bigger picture of who, where and what is being funded in the UK, and OCF has been a key contributor since 2013.
Our Step Change Fund has just awarded a total of £146,690 to three local charitable organisations that are leading the way in their fields. The grants will support infrastructure developments that will create radical improvements to the groups’ ability to address social problems such as poor mental health and homelessness.
Happy New Year to all of our donors, supporters and grant applicants! As we look towards 2018, we are reflecting on what we have learnt in 2017 that will form the basis of our work going forward.
At an event to celebrate #GivingTuesday last night, John Lewis Oxford’s Branch Manager Julie Blake announced the launch of the Westgate Fund. The fund is held with Oxfordshire Community Foundation and will make grants to charities and community groups working with disadvantaged people in the city.