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The Oxfam Promise


Oxfam's supporters make our vital work with some of the world's poorest communities possible. We can’t do it without you.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to:

  • Respond quickly to emergencies around the world
  • Help people to work themselves out of poverty
  • Campaign to change the things that keep people poor.

We will respect and value you

Wherever possible, we will talk to you in the ways that you prefer, adapting them to suit your needs. You can set or change your preferences at any time. If you don't want us to contact you, we won't.

  • We will never share or sell your name, address or other personal information to third parties for marketing or fundraising.
  • We are honest and transparent at all times. We acknowledge when we make mistakes and we put things right.
Brendan Foster

We will use your donation wisely

When it comes to running a huge world-changing operation, we make every penny count. We promise to:

  • Administer your donation efficiently putting your gift to work quickly.
  • Acknowledge and welcome all new supporters and provide information and insight about Oxfam's work.
  • Use your donation wisely and responsibly. Wherever practical we will respect your wishes if you would like to allocate your donation to a particular area of our work.
  • Keep you up to date on how your support is helping to change life for some of the world's poorest communities.
Bekki Frost

We will listen and respond to you

We love feedback and try to make it clear how you can get in touch with us. We will:

  • Respond to you in an open, honest, courteous and professional way.
  • Provide a response to your questions within three days (usually sooner) or let you know when you can expect a response if we need to obtain information from our offices overseas. 
  • We will acknowledge any complaints within two working days and respond fully within 14 working days via your preferred method of contact.
  • Treat your details and what you've said to us in a safe, secure, sensitive and confidential way.

Read Oxfam GB complaints policy

Charlotte Ball

Telephone: 0300 200 1300 (lines open 0900 - 1700 UK time)



  • How does my donation or the money I have raised make a difference?

    In the 2016-17 financial year, Oxfam reached more than 11 million people worldwide. Through Oxfam and our partners, nearly 2 million people got clean, safe water and sanitation facilities, over 85,000 people were helped to improve their lives through innovative ways to tackle climate change, and hundreds of thousands of  million women were able to increase their ownership of land and assets. We couldn't have done it without you. You can find stories of the life-changing impact of our work here. Thanks for your support.

  • Can I choose to donate money to a specific project, country or item?

    When you donate to Oxfam, the money will be allocated to 'general funds' which allows us to focus on where the need is greatest and respond immediately to changing priorities and global situations. It is vital that we are able to spend money where it is most needed at any given time. 

    However, it is possible for you to specify if you would like your donation to be spent on a particular emergency appeal 

    If you would like your donation to be linked directly to an Oxfam project, you can choose to support Projects Direct.

    You can also buy specific poverty-busting items and activities through the Oxfam Unwrapped virtual gift catalogue.

  • Why does Oxfam spend money on fundraising?

    We spend money on fundraising for the sole purpose of raising more money. For every £1 that we spend on fundraising we aim to raise £5.

    Find out how we spend your money

  • Who can I contact about my experience with your fundraisers?

    We always welcome feedback as they help us to improve and offer a better experience to our supporters. You can get in touch with our helpful Supporter Relations team on 0300 200 1300 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email us at If you are getting in touch with feedback about one of our fundraisers, it would be extremely helpful if you could provide us with as many details as possible (date and time, location, fundraiser's description).

    If you have other questions about Oxfam's fundraising, please get in touch with our helpful Supporter Relations team on 0300 200 1300 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email us at

  • How do I update my personal details?