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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 funding the most effective projects. OCF provides the local knowledge, charity networks and professional governance to invest between £1 and 2 million in Oxfordshire’s dynamic charitable sector each year. Our leading grant-making and financial management processes put us in a strong position to respond to the needs of the local community in an agile way, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To do this well, we need investment in our staff, research tools and infrastructure.

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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’s mission is to enable the transformation of people’s lives, and their communities, with a major focus on young people. They enable people to fulfil their potential through work, wellbeing, study and purpose projects, providing the means of reducing the immediate effects of disadvantage by relieving food insecurity in the wider community.

Good Food Oxford (GFO)

Good Food Oxford supports the existing work of many organisations in and around the city working to make our food system more nourishing, less wasteful and more sustainable.


Thrive offers activity clubs and mentoring for young people in two of Oxford’s most deprived areas – Blackbird Leys and Barton. Their clubs and activities are countering the effects of social exclusion.