OCF was privileged to welcome Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, to Oxford this week. Her visit was a chance to meet some of the charities OCF has funded, and collect feedback from the ground on the Commission’s role.
High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Jane Cranston took the opportunity to showcase the work of the voluntary sector and criminal justice system at her event last night at St Helen and St Katharine School in Abingdon.
OCF has just opened our next round of Delivering Impact grant funding. We are particularly seeking applications from groups that are working to reduce the affect of crime on children and families.
After joining Oxfordshire Community Foundation in September 2016 and completing a number of specific projects in support of OCF’s strategy, Julia Iball is moving on to develop her career further.
OCF is working with Oxford City Council, Community First Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Community Land Trust to explore options on how community-led housing could be delivered sustainably within Oxford.
Barton and Blackbird Leys based charity Thrive develops young people to bring hope and lasting change to disadvantaged communities. Their annual Young Achievers Dinner and awards was a testament to the power of investing in young people.
During the past six months OCF’s processes, governance and business planning mechanisms have been evaluated by an independent assessor, achieving an overall Quality Accreditation score of 53 out of 55.
The report is published by The Good Exchange and investigates how technology can help the charitable sector overcome key modern-day challenges – in particular the changes to government funding and the increasing demand for the services provided by charities.
This year’s High Sheriff Jane Cranston is running an online auction in association with Mallam’s, with a series of exciting lots already donated in aid of three local charities working to reduce the effects of crime. Jane is seeking more donations before the auction goes live in October.
OCF’s staff and Chair spent last week at the UKCF Conference, joining 370 delegates from community foundations across the UK and world to share learning and knowledge, build networks and be inspired.