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None of our work would be possible without the support of our generous donors and fundholders. We specialise in smart giving that helps you make a genuine and lasting difference to your community.

We know that there are many like-minded individuals and companies who want to give something back. We have recently worked with our donors to set out the best ways to direct charitable gifts to make a meaningful difference.

Our donors tell us that we make giving easy and fun for them, and provide reassurance that their contributions really will make a difference. We do this by identifying the causes you’re interested in, and sharing our knowledge of the needs locally. We help you come up with a personalised giving strategy, in particular by understanding any concerns you might have about giving, and carrying out charity checks and due diligence on your behalf. All of this saves you time and ensures that your investment genuinely addresses the issues in the most effective way – and if you so wish, you can involve yourself in our work as an assessor or grants panellist.

OCF accepts gifts of all kinds – from CAF cheques to share transfers, legacies, property and other assets. Through our donor advised fund structure, we support individuals, families, companies or trusts to make a difference in their community in one or more of the following ways:

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Match your funds with those of other donors in support of one or more of our grant programmes

  • Direct your giving to causes you care about in an intelligent way
  • Our expertise in grant-making ensures your money works hard to get results
  • You can play an active role in creating a ‘living legacy’ of money well spent, seeing the impact soon after giving
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Join with others to make a contribution to our permanently invested endowment fund

  • Make a sustainable gift to meet the needs of Oxfordshire in the long term
  • Our growing capital assets help deliver funding to the sector in perpetuity
  • Yours is an enduring contribution to our grant-making, even as local needs evolve over time
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Invest in our infrastructure by making an annual pledge to support our running costs

  • Help us use our influence to be the voice of the Oxfordshire community
  • Our community leadership means we can advocate for those less fortunate
  • Your involvement gives us the certainty to make future plans that help us grow and develop

In discussion with you, we can develop a bespoke package that combines these approaches in proportions that suit your giving ambitions. The larger the gift, the more personalised support we can give you in spending it, and the more deeply involved you can be in the process. For smaller amounts, you can leave the details to our discretion and relish your contribution to our existing activities.

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

Those who wish to make regular or occasional smaller donations (up to £1,500) can do so by visiting our donate now page.

You can also give your time, skills and expertise to your local community. Find out about volunteer roles with OCF

  • “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
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “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
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “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
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”

    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “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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