The OMC Development Campaign is a major fundraising effort to secure the academic foundation of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Mindfulness is one of the priority areas within the broader Oxford Thinking campaign, which aims to secure the future of the University of Oxford and build on an 800 year tradition of international scholarship and research innovation.
Taking action now will guarantee the future of mindfulness research and training as a major force for good in preventing depression. It will enable teachers from all over the world to train in this important practice and for high quality MBCT to be taken to where it is most needed.
Since our founding in 2008 we have trained teachers in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland, as well as the UK and Ireland. The training manuals and self-help books have been translated into all major European languages as well as Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. MBCT research and practice now has a global reach and we are poised to build on this success.
What needs to be done?
The aim is to create a Development Fund totalling £25 million which will establish a permanently endowed Mindfulness Research Group within the University of Oxford. The group will be led by a newly appointed and endowed named Professorship of Mind and Science and will include a named Lectureship and administrative support.The Development Fund will also provide the funds to maintain the OMC’s accommodation within the Prince of Wales International Centre whose architecture is so beautifully suited to mindfulness training.
How will it help?
Mindfulness represents a new epoch in our approach to preventing depression. If it is to realise its full potential, it needs sustained research and dissemination, training, clinical activities and engagement and advocacy.
Opportunities for benefactors
The University of Oxford has benefitted from, and has celebrated, generous benefactors over the centuries.
All contributions to the Development Fund will be recognised at the OMC and for the most significant benefactors there is the opportunity to create a lasting or permanent legacy by having a family name, or the name of a loved one, associated with the professorship or the lectureship.
If you would like to speak to us in detail about naming opportunities and other ways in which large endowment gifts might be recognised, or indeed about any type of contribution to the fund, please contact us and ask to speak to Professor Williams directly, or contact Louise Angelou at ‘Oxford Thinking – The Campaign for the University of Oxford‘.