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Become a Patron

Becoming an OCF Patron means giving wisely where you live, reinforcing your local connection. OCF’s Patrons give us long-term stability by committing to a substantial discretionary gift for three years or more. 

OCF is working to improve the lives of Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged people, combating unacceptable local issues such as homelessness, the educational attainment gap and loneliness and isolation. Our Patrons are vital to building a better Oxfordshire: just like you, we want Oxfordshire to be a place where everyone has a place to call home, the opportunity to thrive and a sense of belonging.

Advantages of being a Patron

Most importantly, being a Patron means that you can feel confident you are making a genuine and lasting difference to your community in Oxfordshire. Our Patrons are at the heart of the OCF community, working alongside us to understand the issues that face their neighbours in Oxfordshire and striving to make a difference.

  • Being an OCF Patron also provides unique opportunities to meet the people working at a grassroots level to tackle social need, to see how change is made and to engage directly with their work.
  • OCF provides personalised support for Patrons in planning their philanthropy, including customised data reports on the issues and geographies of interest to you.
  • Patrons receive exclusive invitations to our celebration events and philanthropy seminars.
What we do with your donation

Our Patrons provide valuable long-term funding that enables us to focus on building the most effective projects. OCF provides the leadership, local knowledge, project management and professional governance to make collaborative projects work. To do this well we need investment in staff, research tools and infrastructure.

Through our staff’s expertise in research, strategic programmes, collaborative partnerships and charitable funding, we are:

  • Ensuring that no-one has to sleep rough on the streets of Oxfordshire, where 500 people a year currently experience rough sleeping in Oxford alone, with many more hidden homeless across the city and county
  • Working to close the education gap in Oxfordshire, where children who struggle the most educationally are nearly two years behind their peers, with 17% of adults in the county having no qualifications at all
  • Creating more age-friendly communities in Oxfordshire, where the number of older people living alone could be as many as 50,000 by 2024, the vast majority in isolated rural areas with little access to the services they need
  • Giving around £1 million per year in grants to charities and community groups working at the coalface of social need.
Find out more

Contact our Chief Executive Adrian Sell to set up a conversation or meeting.

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  • “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 set this up now as 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 kickstarted our Growing Minds project
  • “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
    on signing the Giving Pledge
  • “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.”

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    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

    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
  • “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
  • “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

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