Donations and Volunteering

Each year, we undertake a range of charitable activities and donations in support of our mission. The highlights from 2019/20 are captured below.

As well as our ongoing relationships with organizations that align with our mission, we also support charities and educational initiatives by donating resources as well as our employees’ time. The following list includes some of our key activities from the year.


  • In Kenya, we partnered with the Rotary Club to distribute 46,875 books to 139 schools in need across the country
  • In Australia, we donated 82,974 books to World Vision
  • In South Africa, we sponsored the printing of 14,783 workbooks to support the National Department of Education’s pilot of the new Mathematics Teaching and Learning Framework
  • For International Day for Charity and Teachers’ Day, colleagues in India became teachers for a day at schools run by our partner charities, as well as helped to organize training sessions for 180 teachers
  • In India, we donated 30,500 books to various charities to support the learning needs of thousands of underprivileged students
  • Oxford Bibliographies piloted a donation scheme whereby Academic research authors could donate their honorarium to Room to Read—an organization which aims to boost literacy in low-income countries—with 46 authors choosing the option and more than $9,000 pledged to charity so far
  • At their annual team summit, our Global Ethics and Compliance team built bikes to donate, along with dictionaries and thesauruses, to Oxford charity Children Heard and Seen, which supports children whose parents are in prison—read more here
  • A selection of our readers were donated to the English Language Teaching Unit at Leicester University to aid language learning for refugees and asylum seekers
  • In Pakistan, we ran a session on the art of bookmaking for Deaf Reach, a school in Karachi for children with hearing and speech disabilities. After explaining the bookmaking process, the students worked in groups to produce books on a subject of their choice
  • Employees in Hong Kong volunteered with Oxford Kitchen, where 20 of our people acted as chefs, preparing and serving meals for more than 40 elderly individuals at a community centre ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year.

All OUP employees have two days volunteering leave (three in the US) which they can dedicate to supporting organizations that align to our mission. To inspire our people about the opportunities available, we ran a volunteering fair in our Oxford office for International Volunteer Day on 5 December.


The event gave employees the chance to meet with our different charity partners and find out about different ways they could get involved. Organizations that joined us on the day included:

  • African Hospital Libraries
  • Book Aid International
  • Children Heard and Seen
  • Crisis
  • Orwell Youth Prize
  • The Access Project