The Oxford Mindfulness Centre's work is supported through a collaborative agreement between the University of Oxford and an independent not-for-profit charity, the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation.
The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation is committed to sustainability, maximising impact and widening access to MBCT through its charitable activities.
The Charity is not established or conducted for private gain: all profit and assets of the Charity shall be used, by way of reinvestment or otherwise, principally for the benefit of the Charity’s Objects.
The Objects of the Charity are to advance education and the mental health of the public by (but without limitation):
(a) promoting research into (1) preventing depression and enhancing human potential across the lifespan and (2) reducing suffering, promoting resilience and the realisation of human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness; and/or
(b) training mental health practitioners and other professionals in mindfulness practice with a view to them applying it in their own professional lives so as to achieve public benefit.
Raising funds via donations and other fund-raising activities is crucial to the work and the sustainability of the OMC. All impact activities are offered at market value or above with careful attention given to the balancing act of accessibility, resources for developments and organisational sustainability. Further information on supporting our fund-raising efforts can be found here.
Governance and Management
Our OMF is governed by a Board of Trustees who act as guardians of the mission and are responsible for providing the infrastructure and support for the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation.
The strategic management of the OMC is shared by the OMC Director and the CEO who take joint responsibility for leadership. Both the Director and the CEO work with the Trustees to set vision, strategy and business plans which shape the OMC. The Director leads the research portfolio and the CEO leads on implementation and operational management.
The Trustees provide general and specialist skills working with the CEO and key staff as appropriate, Trustees donate their time freely. The Board of Trustees is comprised of members with a variety of backgrounds relevant to the work of the Charity. Read more about our Trustees here. The Board meets approximately every three months and is responsible for the strategic direction, meeting the statutory obligations, and policy of the Charity. The Board has advisory groups who advise and guide specific projects in addition to the Board meetings.
The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 7 March 2007 as The Oxford Mindfulness Centre and registered as a Charity on 30 January 2008. The name of the organisation was changed to The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation on 17 November 2011. The company was established under a Memorandum of Association which established the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed under its Articles of Association. You may view the Articles of Association here.
How the Charity’s Activities Deliver Public Benefit
All the main activities of the Charity are to advance the education and mental health of the public, be that through research, training or education. All our charitable activities focus on improving the understanding and health of the general public and undertake to further the Charity’s charitable purpose for public benefit. The Board of Trustees works to deliver Public Benefit by the provision of accessibility initiatives to widen access to the courses and training provided by the Charity. The Accessibility Group, representing the Board, considers how the Charity establishes and maintains this commitment to broadening and enhancing the accessibility of mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to all those who might benefit.