MIO Stories – The Good Exchange and Oxfordshire Community Foundation

Oxfordshire Community Foundation partners with new platform The Good Exchange to boost charitable fundraising across Oxfordshire


• New fundraising platform has officially launched in Oxfordshire matching charitable projects with funders, donors and fundraisers

• The Good Exchange is working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation to create new partnerships to help tackle some of the key problems facing communities across Oxfordshire

• Grant funders, charities and community organisations seeking funding invited to join new fundraising platform

New Fundraising platform, The Good Exchange, is working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation in a bid to forge new partnerships with charitable trusts, local authorities and social investment partners to tackle some of the key problems facing communities across Oxfordshire.

The partnership focuses on bringing charities and community organisations together with grant funders, donors and fundraisers through The Good Exchange to support local projects in reaching their fundraising targets and transform neighbourhoods.

The Good Exchange, which is now live across Oxfordshire, has already raised in excess of £3.3 million (including nearly £1.57m in donations) for local good causes in grants and donations in West Berkshire and North Hampshire since it launched in September 2016.

Chief Operating Officer at The Good Exchange, Ed Gairdner said: “We are delighted to be working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation as they are the leading local voice and visionary in the charitable sector. We both have an aspiration to attract and work collaboratively with established funders, local authorities and philanthropists to provide funding, sharing of information, as well as utilising technology to identify charitable needs to improve people’s lives.”

OCF Chief Executive Jayne Woodley added: “We are excited about working with The Good Exchange because we share the same vision of using and sharing technology for good in our communities. There is a great potential to work in partnership with The Good Exchange and collaborate with other community platforms to generate funding, source volunteers and work with local businesses who want to give their skills and expertise to help the voluntary sector. This partnership can help us tackle the serious social issues like homelessness and the lack of affordable housing which are prevalent in Oxfordshire at the moment.

The Good Exchange provides a great opportunity for OCF to share many of the great projects that apply to us either to receive additional support from others or to encourage others to do so where we have not been able to due to a lack funds.”

One of the many success stories on The Good Exchange is The Rosemary Appeal, a campaign aiming to raise £4.5m to build a cancer and renal dialysis unit at West Berkshire Hospital, which has already raised over £2.25m since it registered in October 2016.

The Good Exchange can help local charities and community organisations to reach their fundraising goals by creating fundraising appeals which are automatically matched with multiple eligible grant funding schemes. The appeals can be shared on social media and fundraising events can be created to attract donors and fundraisers all in one place.

Funders can match fund donations and grants made to projects through the platform and can see who else is considering supporting projects so they can co-fund projects and enter into partnership funding agreements.

Mr Gairdner added: “We are already working with a number of funders to support hundreds of charitable projects and we are looking to grow thegoodexchange.com even further in Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. We are also talking with national funders and other community foundations to help regenerate deprived communities across the country. If you are fundraising for a local project, are a grant-giving organisation or want to support projects you care about through donations or fundraising, please visit thegoodexchange.com and help transform your community.”