“OCF’s knowledge and resources drive real change. They unlock the power of community, allowing people to feel more connected to those around them, and for all who live in Oxfordshire to have better lives.”

Amanda Ponsonby
High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2020-2021

“I opened a fund with OCF because of their knowledge, expertise and extensive contacts. I wanted to be part of it, to make my dream come true in helping the very young – the fund encompasses everything I’ve done in the past and expands the impact I’ve achieved”.

Jane Wates
Jane Wates
Jane Wates Patron Fund

“As a partner, OCF provide a mechanism which allows us to channel our philanthropic investment directly into the heart of the projects we care about.”

Ruth Layton Founder of sankalpa
Ruth Layton
Founder sankalpa

“‘Stuff’ really is not what brings happiness. Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters.”

Richard Branson
Richard Branson

“When you become wealthy and you have a lot of money, you’re starting to think about giving it away on a slightly industrial scale! Even if you give away the same percentage as ordinary people, you’re giving away larger sums of money so the way you’re going to do it is different.”

David Harding
David Harding
Hedge fund manager, philanthropist and OCF donor

“I’ve lived in Oxfordshire for many years, and feel I’ve benefited greatly from being in such a thriving and interesting place. Leaving a legacy to OCF in my will is my way of repaying this – and I also trust that they will understand exactly where funds are needed in years to come. Having seen small voluntary sector groups come and go, I find this longevity very reassuring.”

A silhouette of an anonymous person
Legacy donor

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

“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

“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
opportunity.”

Paul Marshall
Paul Marshall
Beacon Fellow

“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