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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

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

Press Release

Thanks a billion! Community foundations hit the one-billion-pound mark

Local charities make up the lifeblood of our communities. They make a daily difference to millions of people. That’s why community foundations across the UK are proud to announce, on Local Charities Day, that collectively we have distributed ONE BILLION POUNDS to local charities. This milestone shows the impact that community foundations have had on […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

18th December 2017

Press Release

John Lewis launches new fund for Oxford

At an event to celebrate #GivingTuesday last night, John Lewis Oxford’s Branch Manager Julie Blake announced the launch of the Westgate Fund. The fund is held with Oxfordshire Community Foundation and will make grants to charities and community groups working with disadvantaged people in the city. As the flagship company in Oxford’s new Westgate shopping […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

29th November 2017

Press Release

Local business choir performs in support of youngsters with autism

Employees of ten local businesses were trained to sing as a choir in a matter of hours, before performing in front of their colleagues and clients at a glittering dinner at Blenheim Palace. The event raised over £7,000 for a charity that uses orchestral music to engage children with autism. The choir members met each […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

29th September 2017

Press Release

New grants fund seeks applications from community groups that are promoting diversity

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is seeking applications to the High Sheriff’s Community Integration Awards. The awards are grants of up to £5,000, given for work that brings together communities usually divided by ethnicity, age or social background. The Community Integration Awards aim to address the problems of social segregation such as those witnessed in the […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

1st August 2017

Press Release

Meech teams up with the Oxfordshire Community Foundation to support local charities

Witney-based manufacturer Meech Static Eliminators has made its first grants to two local organisations via the Meech Centenary Trust, a ring-fenced charitable fund held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF). Equating to a total of £7,718, the grants were distributed to Base 33 (a charity supporting vulnerable young adults) and OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

14th July 2017

Press Release

Top local businesses pledge commitment to their community

Over 50 Oxfordshire companies have shared their passion for their local area by publishing inspiring pledges for charitable and community activities they will undertake over the coming year. The businesses are all members of responsible business group Reciprocate, hosted by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF). The pledges reveal that businesses are committed to an impressive variety […]

Jayne Woodley

Charities

Oxfordshire

12th July 2017

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