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Share in OCF’s successes by contributing discretionary funds of £250 a year, which will be used where they are most needed.

At OCF we help you maximise the impact of your philanthropy by harnessing the power of collective funds, expertise and passion, working with our partners for a better Oxfordshire.

Stronger local communities

OCF is a charity that, like other charities, needs your support to do its work. We provide a quality service to the community and to our donors, but we cannot do this without drawing support for the day-to-day costs of the foundation itself.

Join our Friends to support Oxfordshire communities in a simple but effective way: we are asking our Friends to share in our successes by contributing discretionary funds of £250 per year.

By making your yearly Friends donation, you will be joining a group of motivated people who are passionate about supporting Oxfordshire, and committed to helping OCF build healthier and stronger local communities. Become part of the wider OCF team.

A gift to our amazing county

We hope that our Friends will be willing to support us in planning for a stable future. Your charitable donation would help us to carry out our core work: researching and consulting on local needs; administering our grant-making; reporting on impact; and ensuring good governance and financial management across our investments and fund distribution.

We couldn’t do this sort of work without our Friends and supporters. Help your local community to thrive by joining with like-minded people to make an ongoing commitment to Oxfordshire. It is a wonderful gift to our amazing county.

How to Donate

You can donate now online through our funding platform with Enthuse. Choose to pay annually or monthly, whichever suits you best.

If you would prefer to donate by CAF or cheque, please send it to 3 Woodin’s Way, Oxford, OX1 1HD, with reference “OCF Friends” on the reverse.  Don’t forget to complete a Gift Aid form to really boost the value of your donation (printed copies can be supplied on request).

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  • “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
    Donor
  • “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
  • “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
    opportunity.”

    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
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill