Oxfam
(1947-present)

group and charity

Aged 71

Oxfam is an international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty. Oxfam was originally founded at 17 Broad Street in Oxford, Oxfordshire, in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, social activists, and Oxford academics; this is now Oxfam Great Britain, still based in Oxford. It was one of several local committees formed in support of the National Famine Relief Committee. Their mission was to persuade the British government to allow food relief through the Allied blockade for the starving citizens of occupied Greece. The first overseas Oxfam was founded in Canada in 1963. The organization changed its name to its telegraph address, OXFAM, in 1965.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Photo of Cecil Jackson-Cole and Oxfam blue plaque
Owen Massey McKnight on Flickr
Photo of Oxfam green plaque
Redrose64 on Wikimedia Commons

Cecil Jackson-Cole 1901-1979 entrepreneur and philanthropist helped establish the first Oxfam shop and office here in 1947

17 Broad Street, Oxford, United Kingdom where it established (1947)

The first permanent Oxfam shop began trading here in December 1947

17 Broad Sreet, OX1 3AS, Oxford, United Kingdom where it was (1947)