Below are the key named funds that we hold and manage on behalf of our donors and fundholders. We also manage several smaller funds, as well as some for donors who wish to remain completely anonymous.

We work closely with these donors to channel their philanthropy to the causes they care about most, making funds available to community and voluntary organisations through our grants programmes and partnership working.

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Beard Charitable Foundation

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Oxford-based construction company Beard launched a charitable foundation to support staff community initiatives and construction education projects. The foundation was set up with a £250,000 donation from the Beard family and is held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation.

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David and Claudia Harding
David and Claudia Harding Foundation

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David Harding is founder of Winton Capital Management, now one of the world’s largest hedge fund companies. Through their private foundation, he and his wife Claudia added a local element to their philanthropic portfolio by making a contribution to our endowment fund, which means that every quarter we receive dividend income that enables us to make around £60,000 in grants per year on their behalf.

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Fund for Sankalpa

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In Sanskrit the word Sankalpa refers to our direction, purpose or focus. The individual who created this fund wanted to build on her life’s work focusing on sustainability for the benefit of our earth, and its people, animals and environment, and is particularly interested in sustainable food, housing in communities and how human beings develop.

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Health and Wellbeing Fund

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This fund accepts donations from members of the public in order to support our Small and Vital grant-making, aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of people of all ages in Oxfordshire, but particularly vulnerable older people and children. It grew out of our annual Surviving Winter appeal, where pensioners receiving Winter Fuel Payments they do not need donate the funds to help others who are struggling.

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High Sheriff of Oxfordshire's Charitable Fund

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This fund assists current and future High Sheriffs in raising money for charitable purposes. In the shrieval year 2017–2018 it is raising money for Jane Cranston’s initiative to promote justice and fairness of opportunity in Oxfordshire.

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Jane Mactaggart
Jane MacTaggart Fund

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Jane Mactaggart chose OCF to advise and support her local charitable giving, finding it a unique way to access a portfolio of smaller charities that she may not have heard of otherwise. She makes an annual donation to her own fund, which is used to support charitable groups working for the causes that she feels most passionate about: mental health, asylum, and women’s issues in Oxfordshire.

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John Laing Charitable Trust

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The John Laing Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to corporate social responsibility for construction firm John Laing, is committed to helping smaller, local charities, and has therefore entered into agreement with five community foundations to provide small and vital grants on its behalf.

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The Maggie Evans Fund

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In 2008, after a short but intense period of depression, Maggie, who was only 29 years old, took her own life. Her parents Bob and Kati and brother David set up the Maggie Evans Fund with OCF in her memory. The fund is used to help children discover interests that were Maggie’s own passions: a love of reading stories and appreciating illustrations, and the exploration of different cultures through languages and translation.

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Meech Centenary Trust

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Headquartered in Witney, specialist design and manufacturing firm Meech International established a named fund to commemorate their 100-years milestone. The Meech Centenary Trust supports young people in finding work or getting back into education in and around West Oxfordshire.

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Midcounties Cooperative Community Fund

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The Midcounties Co-operative uses local community foundations in order to administer their community grant-making. Members of the Co-operative can apply to the fund on behalf of a charitable organisation or community group that is working in an area where there is a Co-operative store.

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Royds Withy King

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Partners at local law firm Royds Withy King make an annual donation to an endowment fund with OCF. This fund enables us to continue our work by making a contribution towards our costs. In this way Royds Withy King is sharing in OCF’s success, and is also a committed member of our Reciprocate responsible business group.

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Step Change Fund

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This fund brings together a group of donors each willing to pledge up to £25,000 per year to help charities scale up their operation. Starting out as the Future-Building Fund, the successful pilot that ended in 2016 saw £600,000 in infrastructure grants made to 18 charities.

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John Taylor
Taylor Family Fund

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OCF’s Chair John Taylor and his wife Julie established their fund after making a share transfer to OCF. They are now working with OCF to channel their funds to the causes that matter most to them, making an important contribution to our grant-making.

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Thames Valley Police Property Act Fund

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OCF is leading on a joint initiative between its fellow Thames Valley community foundations, who are working together to turn the proceeds of crime into grants that reduce reoffending, prevent social problems and build community resilience.

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Westgate Fund

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This is a new fund being established to coincide with the opening of the new Westgate shopping centre in Oxford in October 2017. This fund is flagship store John Lewis’s gift to the city of Oxford, and the company hopes that other businesses will come on board to co-create a lasting legacy that will be available to support Oxford-based charitable organisations over the long term.

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  • “Modern teenagers need a voice and to feel that they are really being heard. This in turn will help nurture and shape an empathetic and compassionate society which we will all benefit from.”

    Anne-Marie Cockburn
    Anne Marie Cockburn
    What Martha Did Next
  • “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
  • “I would never have known about many of the causes I’ve helped if the community foundation hadn’t told me about them. They are doing vital work and they need our support.”

    Jane Mactaggart
    Jane Mactaggart
  • “I am incredibly grateful to be part of OCF. The phenomenal support we’ve had has meant we can keep going; reach more vulnerable and distressed people and pay for our magical herd of horses.”

    Jo Corfield of Hopethruhorses
    Jo Corfield
    Founder, Hopethruhorses
  • “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

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)

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.