OxFizz is a not-for-profit social enterprise which generates social good in three main ways: firstly, we empower volunteers to use their skills to raise money for a charity of their choice, secondly, we work to improve access to top universities and, thirdly, we provide volunteers with volunteering opportunities which allows them to engage with philanthropy.
The OxFizz model
Our model combines the best of business and the best of charity and works in the following way:
- We provide paid, high-quality educational services to those who can afford it, and give the exact same services away for free to those who can’t. These services are delivered through the following branches: Oxbridge Interviews, which provides interview skills workshops, admissions test help and academically realistic practice interviews, Career Interview Coaching, which supports students in competency-based interview practice, and Oxford & Cambridge Summer School, which provides students from across the globe with an opportunity to experience life at a top university.
– All three branches of OxFizz’s educational support are provided by our trained team of recent graduate volunteers. Our volunteers draw on their experiences both applying to and studying at university, as well as their experience in the work-place, to provide realistic and beneficial interview practice, workshops and tutorials.
– The profits raised through the provision of our services are split between charities chosen by our volunteers, our bursary programme (chiefly our annual £30,000 donation to The Access Project) and our 10% reserve.
It is a simple but effective model which generates desperately needed funds for charities, supports students from non-traditional university backgrounds to fulfil their potential and empowers recent graduates to develop new skills and engage with philanthropy.
Since 2007 OxFizz has raised over £400,000 for charities chosen by our volunteers, with £140,000 being donated in 2014 and has received wide-ranging praise and commendation, including being named the UK’s fastest growing educational social enterprise in the RBS SE100 Awards 2012.