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OCF believes that everyone has something to give to their community and we can help you in giving regularly, effectively and locally. Giving reinforces your connection to other people, creating a social experience.

Your support allows us to deliver our vision to improve the lives of Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged. We want people in Oxfordshire to have better lives. For Oxfordshire to be a kinder place where everyone feels more connected to those around them.

Pleasure is short-lived; happiness is long-lived. Pleasure is taking; happiness is giving. Pleasure is experienced alone; happiness is experienced in social groups.

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OCF makes giving easy and provides reassurance that your contributions really will make a lasting difference. By producing and sharing insight into the most important social issues, using our expertise and governance in managing funds, and working collaboratively, we can drive genuine change.

The monetary value of every donation is maximised thanks to OCF’s eligibility to reclaim gift aid, our access to match-funding and the collective pooling of our funds held combined with professional investment management.

We accept gifts in many ways and of all kinds – including cash and cheques, online donations, bank and share transfers, legacies, property and other assets.

If you wish to make regular or occasional donations please visit our donate now page.

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For significant gifts, a donor advised fund is a flexible and pro-active way to give. Setting up a fund with us is more efficient, with lower set up costs and simpler management, compared to creating your own charity or charitable trust. It also gives you access to our resources, administration and local relationship support.

If you would like to find out more about working with us to make a difference, please contact us.



Follow our stories and engage with us on social media.



Read and share our thoughts in the OCF blog. Or send us your own contributions or articles to grow content and help to develop our engagement.



If you have some time and the skills to help run our grants programmes, you can volunteer as a grant panellist, assessor or a Step Change project manager.


From a donation, to sharing our story online or just simply telling a friend about us, your support is much appreciated.

  • “It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”

    Ali Mosawi, one of OCF's donors
    Ali Mosawi
  • “I really appreciate your work on what for my parents is such an important project. I am glad that the fund has been developing so positively and swiftly.”

    David Evans, fundholder of the Maggie Evans Fund
    David Evans
    Maggie Evans Fund
  • “The huge satisfaction to be gained from spending one’s time in giving in your later years far outweighs any pleasures that you can possibly gain on the golf course, on the beach or on the back of the yacht in the Mediterranean sipping martinis.”

    Michael Oglesby, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Mike Oglesby
  • “I like to have something worthwhile to get up for each morning… I find that the larger and more strategic the gift, the more pleasure I get out of it.”

    Dame Stephanie Shirley, a British businesswoman and philanthropist
    Dame Stephanie Shirley
  • “I can’t get over it; I’m still shaking when I talk about it. It’s just incredible… I feel a bit guilty about getting so much pleasure out of giving!”

    Terry Bramall, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Terry Bramall
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”

    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
  • “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

    Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist
    Warren Buffet
  • “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.”

    Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist
    Andrew Carnegie
  • “Prosperity requires not just investment in economic capital, but also in social capital. Community foundations are playing a critical role in helping to deliver a more inclusive capitalism.”

    Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor
    Mark Carney
    Governor of the Bank of England
  • “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
  • “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

    Paul Marshall
    Paul Marshall
    Beacon Fellow
  • “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
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Ark T Centre

The Ark T Centre is an arts project in East Oxford, and is situated in a high-risk area for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Ark T is an open and inclusive community, where people, art, and powerful ideas come together, using the transformative powers of creativity to change lives.


SOFEA alleviates multiple social problems: the need for jobs and training for disadvantaged young people; the demand for nutritious food for vulnerable people; and the danger of supplies from the food industry going to waste.

Good Food Oxford (GFO)

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