The Oxfordshire Community Foundation team wishes you all a very merry Christmas, full of warmth and happiness. Our office will be closed from Wednesday 24th December to Thursday 1st January inclusive.
The Philanthropy Fellowship, a network of community philanthropists set up to inspire a greater culture of giving in the UK, hits a milestone this December as a new report documenting great British philanthropy is published.
Jo Corfield, who has pioneered equine involvement therapy for emotionally troubled young people and adults, has received new backers since she began working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation.
At the end of November, OCF once again launched its annual Surviving Winter appeal alongside other community foundations in the UK. Now in its fifth year, we believe this continues to provide a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the challenges faced by older and vulnerable people.
It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of The Duke of Marlborough yesterday, who was our patron and a great friend of Oxfordshire Community Foundation. The Duke had his home at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and was an esteemed ambassador for our community foundation. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this time.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s CEO Jayne Woodley has been shortlisted for the Employee of the Year Venus Award. The Venus Awards reward high-achieving Oxfordshire businesswomen for their professional contribution, and Jayne has been recognised in several categories.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation awarded £205,713.02 in grants to local community organisations from April 2013 to March 2014, benefiting Oxfordshire residents of all ages, ethnicities and abilities. Charities from every corner of the county received a boost for the great work they are doing to support Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged.
We are taking part in the UK government’s Community First scheme. This scheme matches every pound given with a further 50p. Both donations and match funding go to a capital endowment fund that will continue to grow over time, giving us a sustainable pot of money that we can use for those in the local area who need it most.
Charity Commission has provided a new endorsement for OCF, as we have now successfully met the standards for the UKCF Quality Accreditation. The endorsement is the Charity Commission’s recognition of the quality accreditation procedure that provides the network of 48 community foundations across the UK with an external veracity and trustworthiness.
Join us on the 23rd April 12.30 – 6pm, when Jayne Woodley, Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, has been invited to speak at the Saïd Business School Catalyst for Collaboration event.