Philanthropy and Foundations

Inspirational Leaders for Impactful Giving

“Nearly all the best funders have one thing in common: they employ staff with experience working in non-profits”

John Rendel, Director of Grants, The Peter Cundill Foundation


As trends in philanthropy are shifting towards more focussed and impact-driven giving, Trusts and Foundations are increasingly looking to the sectors they support when they recruit new leaders. Non-profit professionals can bring valuable expertise in their specific sectors, as well as a deep understanding of the importance of impact measurement in determining the social return of an investment. Thought leadership and an understanding of what it takes to build and lead a successful non-profit, are critical skills which can transfer to a more informed and impactful giving agenda.

At Oxford HR we have a team drawn from across the spectrum of non-profit leadership and executive search, and an extensive network of inspirational and impactful leaders. We work hand in hand with our trust and foundation clients to understand the motivation behind their giving strategy and ensure that we tailor our search to maximise the positive change realised by their gifts.

We have worked successfully with a number of trusts and foundations such as the Gatsby Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Porticus to place exceptional candidates, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your executive search needs.

Our Philanthropy Team

"We have engaged Oxford HR a number of times. They understand our organisational culture, offering us an appropriate range of candidates. We're delighted to have Oxford HR as an international partner."

Brian Doolan, CEO

Fred Hollows Foundation

Oxford HR
2018-09-14T14:59:13+00:00

Brian Doolan, CEO

Fred Hollows Foundation

"We have engaged Oxford HR a number of times. They understand our organisational culture, offering us an appropriate range of candidates. We're delighted to have Oxford HR as an international partner."
"Oxford HR managed the process extremely professionally helping us to source great candidates, whilst taking all the weight off us through the process. Importantly they helped to filter and ensure the fit was right and that candidates were well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us."

Justin Highstead, Africa Executive

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Oxford HR
2018-09-14T18:41:55+00:00

Justin Highstead, Africa Executive

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

"Oxford HR managed the process extremely professionally helping us to source great candidates, whilst taking all the weight off us through the process. Importantly they helped to filter and ensure the fit was right and that candidates were well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us."
"International Alert partnered with Oxford HR for a critical interim appointment to our Executive Team. The timeline was very compressed and over the Christmas/New Year period too! Throughout the process, I found the Oxford HR team to be dedicated, hard working and professional - and they delivered an excellent longlist of candidates that resulted in Alert having a choice of two eminently appointable professionals after interviews. Their recruitment materials and web portal were also top notch - I will certainly be planning to work with Oxford HR again for both interim and substantive key senior positions."

Michael Young

CEO, International Alert

Oxford HR
2021-01-14T15:32:22+00:00

Michael Young

CEO, International Alert

"International Alert partnered with Oxford HR for a critical interim appointment to our Executive Team. The timeline was very compressed and over the Christmas/New Year period too! Throughout the process, I found the Oxford HR team to be dedicated, hard working and professional - and they delivered an excellent longlist of candidates that resulted in Alert having a choice of two eminently appointable professionals after interviews. Their recruitment materials and web portal were also top notch - I will certainly be planning to work with Oxford HR again for both interim and substantive key senior positions."
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