Charity Futures Announce Oxford Institute of Charity

Charity Futures are delighted to announce the establishment of the Oxford Institute of Charity (OIC). The OIC represents a collaboration between Charity Futures and New College, which is where the Institute will be hosted. It is anticipated that the Institute will open its doors in the summer of 2022 in a purpose-built home on a newly developed part of the college site.

The OIC’s objectives will be to:

  • deliver high calibre academic research to be used by the global charity community
  • promote the importance of research and study of charity, both at post-graduate and undergraduate level, in universities more generally
  • develop networks and foster links internationally
  • digitise charity records to assist with wider research and study
  • organise conferences and summer schools for UK and global academics, philanthropists, corporate donors and leaders of civil society

Speaking about the new Institute, Miles Young, Warden of New College said:

“We are very pleased to be hosting the Oxford Institute of Charity in the College, as the third and newest of our Research Centres. Charity’s important role in our society is often undervalued, and I believe that one cause of that is that it is surprisingly little studied in Universities. What particularly attracts us is the opportunity to apply interdisciplinary scholarship to the subject, and in a way which reinforces our own – and Oxford’s expertise – in subjects as diverse as history and philosophy, politics and economics, law and government.  New College was founded as a charitable enterprise by William of Wykeham as far back as 1379, so this does seem an appropriate place to help remedy the academic neglect of the subject.”

Sir Stephen Bubb, Acting Director of the OIC has said: 

“When there are so many divisions in society, civil society is needed more than ever. And when charities themselves face challenges, research and study of charity is particularly timely.

The participation of New College in this collaboration is very significant for us. Charity Futures was established to look at the long-term future health of the charitable sector in the UK.  We were clear from the start that finding a home at a truly excellent academic institution was essential if the mission of providing original and rigorous research was to be met.

The research and study of charity will be of the highest intellectual order but aims to promote better, more sustainable, and effective performance of charity in the world. OIC will also serve as an authoritative source for views on the sector with government and the media, and in the development of policy generally.

My role is to give the Institute a solid foundation from which it can thrive and prosper long into the future. In practical terms this means establishing a firm financial base and securing an inspirational academic leader. The Institute will make a major contribution to the sector I love and have worked in for some three decades.”