Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund

The Outreach Fund is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Church worldwide and is generated by offerings across the diocese, particularly at ordinations, confirmations, institutions and licensings.

Through the fund, the Bishop is able to respond to a wide range of requests for help, in areas such as humanitarian need, Christian education, training and mission.

In 2017, the fund received gifts totalling £45,700 and made a total of £43,800 in donations. These donations have supported a number of projects, groups and individuals. Within the diocese, grants were made amongst others to Pilgrim Hearts Trust providing night shelter provision in Bracknell, BeSpace offering prayer spaces in schools across Oxfordshire, Clean Slate providing listening and support services to adults and young people who have been victims of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse, Reading Women’s Football Chaplaincy ministry costs and Blackbird Leys Youth Project providing summer holidays for young people.

Our support for projects overseas included Medic Assist International, developing sustainable healthcare for neglected communities, Christian Aid’s appeals in response to the mudslides in Sierra Leone and the refugee crisis for the Rohingya people of Myanmar and airfares for three of our young people from the diocese to be amongst our representatives attending the summit in South Africa with our link diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman.

Banking and Gift Aid

Please make cheques payable to ‘ODBF Administered Fund’ and mark with a covering note that it is for the Bishop’s Outreach Fund.

The Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund registered charity number is 247954.

Gifts to the Outreach Fund can benefit considerably from donors making Gift Aid declarations.  Registered charities can reclaim income tax at the basic rate from gifts made by tax payers, provided that the donors have made a declaration accompanying their gift. For every £1 donated by tax payers who use the envelopes, the Outreach Fund can then recover 25p from HM Revenue and Customs.

You can significantly augment the value of gifts to the Outreach Fund by providing your congregation with Gift Aid envelopes specially printed for the Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund.

These can be ordered from:

Jeni Hobbs: Tel: (01865) 208252 Email: jeni.hobbs@oxford.anglican.org