OCF has lost one of its most influential and important supporters in Jane Wates OBE, who passed away last week. Jane dedicated her life to philanthropy, showing lifelong compassion for others and a dedication to sharing her time to make the world a better place.
Following the lockdown of educational and childcare services in March, think tanks and educators alike have predicted the widening of the attainment gap for disadvantaged children. Growing Minds has quickly responded, adapting the project to offer the best support to our families during lockdown, and planning for a more challenging future.
It is with huge sadness that we hear of the death of OCF’s treasured Patron Jane Wates OBE earlier this week. Jane has been a fundamental part of OCF’s success over 25 years.
Oxford City Council has secured 124 rooms of interim housing for the next year, meaning that there need be no return to the streets for former rough sleepers currently housed in hotels and student blocks.
The Board is looking for an outstanding leader to realise the strategic vision for Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) at a time which is challenging but also a time that will present new opportunities. The role of OCF in support of the Oxfordshire charitable sector is particularly important as the country starts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Age Friendly Banbury partners encourage return to the town centre as the team gathered in the Market Square on Monday this week.
Nick took on the role of Interim Chair one week after the government ordered lockdown, taking over from John Taylor, who stood down after four years, at the end of the last financial year.
We have taken the difficult decision to close our grant application process to ensure that we can continue to support the local charitable sector in tackling the longer-term fall-out of the virus, and be prepared for a second wave.
After leading Oxfordshire Community Foundation for 10 years as Chief Executive, Jayne Woodley steps down on 30th June 2020. She has led the transformation of OCF from a small grant-making body with extremely limited resources to the ambitious, sector-leading organisation of today.
With the continued lockdown, we wanted to update you on how we have adapted and what OCF and its partners have learnt in the last 12 weeks. From awarding over £500k in grants, to housing the homeless, to working and (lunching!) virtually and Zoom becoming a verb (and not just a great song!) Read on to catch up on our journey since March..