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Setting up a fund

Setting up a donor advised fund with us provides a practical, valuable and easier alternative to setting up your own charity or charitable trust.  You also benefit from access to OCF’s resources and local relationship support.

Whatever the reason, a donor advised fund is often the most effective way of carrying out great charitable intentions. They can be created to campaign for a cause local to you, as a way of demonstrating impactful CSR, or simply because you can and want to make a difference in Oxfordshire.

Boosting the value of your gift

Gifts made through a donor advised fund enable you to be extremely tax efficient. This is because, whenever appropriate, the Community Foundation will always reclaim any eligible Gift Aid on your behalf. We also maximise the monetary value of donations by allocating any available match-funding and investing with professional fund managers, alongside the pooled wealth of all our donors.

By giving through OCF in any way, your charitable gift is worth significantly more than it would have been via a conventional donation.

Fund managed at your discretion

Working under the foundation’s umbrella, fundholders gain access to our professional advice, local knowledge and the expertise of our small office team.

You can be as involved as you want to be in how the fund is used or you can leave it to us to decide. Our experience of managing funds, together with our research insights have given us an in-depth understanding of the most urgent social problems, the priority issues and their locations within Oxfordshire.

Your fund can be anonymous or named after yourself, a family member, a friend, a company or anything that is personal to you.

If you’re interested in finding out more, download our factsheets or contact us.

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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
  • “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
    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
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