Development Office enquiries number: 01865 (6)11530
Fax: 01865 (6)11531
Postal address: Development Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.
Chief Development Officer: Liesl Elder
Executive Assistant: Amanda Mitchell
Director of Development Services: Christine Jeffery
Associate Director of Development (Pan-University):
Associate Director of Development (Academic Programmes): Antony Green
Associate Director of Development (Systems): Charlotte Dewhurst
The University of Oxford Development Office works to secure philanthropic support for the University’s core priorities and reports to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Development and External Affairs).
The Development Office works in partnership with academic and development colleagues across the University and the colleges to build enduring relationships with donors and volunteers to increase financial support. The priority areas are academic posts and programmes, student support and infrastructure.
In 2008, the University launched Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford, with the goal of raising £1.25bn to transform and secure the collegiate University for many generations to come. This was achieved in early 2012 and a revised goal of £3bn was announced. The £2bn milestone was reached in May 2015 with the current campaign total standing at over £2.4bn.
In addition to frontline fundraising staff, the Development Office includes the Research team which gathers information on potential and existing donors; the DARS Support Centre which supports the Development and Alumni Relations System (DARS); and the Campaign Relations and Campaign Communications teams, which ensure that donors are appropriately thanked and stewarded through strategic events and communications.
The University of Oxford’s overseas offices based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo also have a remit that includes development.
Profile of the Director of Development
Liesl Elder became Oxford's new Director of Development in September 2011. She joined Oxford from the University of Edinburgh, where she managed the fundraising and alumni relations team during the university’s £350m Enlightenment Campaign.
Ms Elder has worked in educational fundraising since 1993, beginning her career at the US liberal arts colleges Carleton College and Oberlin College before serving as Campaign Director for Santa Clara University in California. She moved to the UK in 2004 to become Director of Development and Communications at Durham University and managed Durham’s 175th Anniversary Campaign before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2008.