Who we Are

The primary purpose of the Oxford Area Foundation is to acquire, preserve, and restore land, including critical natural areas and waterways, for scenic, open space, agricultural, historic, and public recreational benefit, and to educate the community to create a legacy of a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations.  


In addition, the Oxford Area Foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations that offer services and programs in the Oxford, Pennsylvania, area.


From "The Oxford Foundation"

to the "Oxford Area Foundation"



The Oxford Foundation was founded in 1947 by Marian S. and John H. Ware, III.  In 2004, The Oxford Foundation was divided into four separate Ware Family Foundations.  It was then that John H. Ware, IV created the Oxford Area Foundation or "OAF".  John Ware, IV was a very active member in the small community of Oxford, PA.  He loved the town and saw its potential.  Mr. Ware was President of the Foundation until 2012.  At that time, John's daughter, Nancy Ware Sapp, was elected President and has embraced her father's dream of improving this small community of Oxford, PA for all who live and visit here.



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