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Oxfordshire Community Foundation

The Oxfordshire Community Foundation is a champion for social change, harnessing the level of investment in our communities from charitable gifts, donations and business engagement by inspiring and empowering others to think local and give local.

Our Named Funds provide a very local philanthropy solution offering people and causes a practical and valuable alternative to setting up their own charity or charitable trust.

So simple yet so powerful – as such togetherness means by sharing our expertise and pooling collective resources for social good that we enable more good ideas to grow to scale which will benefit us all by achieving greater long term impact.

Press Release

Oxford Homeless Movement

We’ve made it! Donor makes up the shortfall!

Last week we announced that we were just short of our target of £150,000 and guess what? A generous donor stepped forward and made up the shortfall so that we’ve made it! Once again, a massive thank you to everyone, including the Oxford Mail, who has supported us and helped us to reach our target. […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

16th January 2020

Press Release

Oxford Homeless Movement

Working with Oxfordshire County Library

Oxfordshire County Library has signed the charter and pledged their support to Oxford Homeless Movement. Membership of the Library is free to everyone and to become a member you just need to complete a short membership form and have some identification, then books can be borrowed free of charge. Members do not need to have […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities, CSR, Local Government

Oxfordshire

3rd January 2020

Press Release

Oxford Homeless Movement

Prevention is always better than cure

Partners in Oxford Homeless Movement are continuing ground breaking work to prevent people from becoming homeless by helping them before they reach crisis point. Aspire Aspire’s new homelessness prevention team is continuing the work of the community navigator service that was set up as part of the Oxfordshire Trailblazer project. Oxfordshire Trailblazer was a two […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

23rd December 2019

Press Release

Oxford Homeless Movement

Help for people experiencing rough sleeping this Christmas

Partners in the Oxford Homeless Movement are providing services for people experiencing homelessness over the Christmas period. Festive events include a number of Christmas lunches and parties, with services also continuing to provide food and hot drinks for homeless and vulnerably housed people. Christmas meals and parties The Oxford Community Soup Kitchen – more commonly […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities, Events

Oxfordshire

20th December 2019

Press Release

Oxford Homeless Movement

Working together to provide accommodation and services for people sleeping rough this winter

Partners in Oxford Homeless Movement are working together to provide accommodation and services for people experiencing rough sleeping in Oxford this winter. Once again, Oxford City Council is teaming up with Aspire, Homeless Oxfordshire and St Mungo’s to provide emergency beds for anyone who wants to come inside during freezing winter weather. Under the severe […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities, CSR

Oxfordshire

4th December 2019

Press Release

Oxford Homeless Movement

Christmas Match Fund doubles the difference your donations will make to help people sleeping rough

Residents, visitors and workers in Oxford who want to help people experiencing homelessness can double the difference their money will make by donating to Oxford Homeless Movement this Christmas. Oxford Homeless Movement is a partnership of the many organisations working to ensure that nobody has to sleep rough on the streets of Oxford. It is […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

27th November 2019

Press Release

We believe businesses can help a city solve homelessness

Oxford Homeless Movement, an exciting new citywide partnership, is launching on Thursday 10 October. This is an innovative, inclusive Movement aimed at reducing rough sleeping in Oxford which includes local homeless charities, housing providers, Oxford City Council, health providers, funding bodies, community-based organisations and businesses.  Street homelessness has been on the increase since the turn […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

8th October 2019

Press Release

Committed to making Banbury Age Friendly

Following last year’s launch event, Age Friendly Banbury is strengthening our commitment to making Banbury become one of Britain’s first age-friendly towns. With the generous support of local businesses Brethertons, Spratt Endicott, DCS and other funders including Sir Tony Baldry DL, Doris Field Charitable Trust and Mactaggart Trust this has now enabled Age Friendly Banbury […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

30th June 2019

Press Release

Tampon Tax funding reaches Oxfordshire as projects helping women and girls share £3.4 million of national grants

More than 400 local projects across the UK working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost from their local community foundation. In Oxfordshire, four local charities have received over £31k to give girls and young women mental health counselling, empower them to overcome the trauma of sexual […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

16th January 2019

Press Release

Make a bigger gift to tackle homelessness in Oxford this Christmas: double your money with our Christmas Match Fund.

The city of Oxford has one of the most severe rough sleeping and homelessness problems in the UK. We know that on any one night, there are around 100 people sleeping rough in the city, and many more individuals and families in precarious accommodation such as bedsits, friends’ sofas or hostels. The disturbing sight of […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

11th December 2018

Press Release

Westgate Fund celebrates £14k in grants made to local charities

One year on from the opening of the new Westgate shopping centre in 2017, Oxfordshire Community Foundation is celebrating grants given to five different local charities from the charitable fund established by John Lewis and Partners. The Westgate Fund was established with a generous donation from John Lewis and Partners, the flagship store in the […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

24th October 2018

Press Release

Community foundations across the UK launch Tampon Tax Community Fund

Oxfordshire Community Foundation is helping to allocate funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to charitable projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Community Foundations to deliver grant funding from the Tampon Tax Community Fund. Along with 45 […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

13th September 2018

Press Release

Government and National Lottery backed #iwill Fund supported by Oxfordshire Community Foundation with The Good Exchange

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), funded through the #iwill Fund, is working in partnership with The Good Exchange’s not-for-profit, online matching cloud platform. The #iwill Fund was created through £40 million of seed funding from Government, and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. It supports the aims of the #iwill campaign, to embed meaningful […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

13th September 2018

Press Release

Community foundations support Office for Civil Society in revitalising trusts to support local communities

The Revitalising Trusts initiative, announced yesterday in the Government’s Civil Society Strategy, will provide a huge boost to local charities by distributing funds from inactive trusts to good causes. There are many charitable trust funds in England and Wales that are inactive. The original founders and trustees may have passed away and many of the […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

9th August 2018

Press Release

£5 million boost to Thames Valley charities

Small local charities across the Thames Valley have received almost £5 million from four community foundations following a record-breaking year. Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Heart of Bucks and Milton Keynes Community Foundations are celebrating this great achievement, with Berkshire and Oxfordshire each granting over £1 million for the first time in their histories. The funding is a […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

22nd June 2018

Press Release

Banbury citizens invited to have their say to make the town a great place to grow older

Banbury needs you – to help ensure the town is doing the best it can for older people. A special launch event takes place next Wednesday, June 20, open to everybody interested in helping Banbury become one of Britain’s first age-friendly towns. It was one of only 20 out of 176 applicants to win backing […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

12th June 2018

Press Release

Step Change Fund boosts infrastructure of three more leading community organisations

Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s Step Change Fund has just awarded a total of £146,690 to three local charitable organisations that are leading the way in their fields. The grants will support infrastructure developments that will create radical improvements to the groups’ ability to address issues such as mental health and social cohesion. The grants have been […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

2nd March 2018

Press Release

Whole community comes together to celebrate diversity

The High Sheriff congratulated 12 different charities and local groups at OCF’s Community Integration Awards last night. The event was a vibrant celebration of different communities coming together. The awards were held at Oxford’s Tap Social Movement – a local brewery and social enterprise that gives work opportunities to ex-offenders. Groups that had received Community Integration funding […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

22nd January 2018