Support

What is KEEN?

KEEN is a registered charity and a joint organisation of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. We provide social, sporting and recreational activities for children and young adults with special needs in the surrounding area.

What does KEEN cost?

It costs around £70,000 to run a full year of KEEN sessions. Our major costs are venue hire, transport for athletes and volunteers, the materials actually required to run sessions and the salaries of the coordinator and the administrative assistant. You can see our accounts on the Charity Commission website.

How is KEEN paid for?

Apart from a weekly subscription for GrEAT, our over-18s session, KEEN does not charge for its sessions and is completely free at the point of access. We are reliant upon grants from trusts and institutions, the support of local businesses, fundraising ventures, and the generosity of the public.

How can I help?

Around a third of our revenue comes from large quantities of small donations. Giving a small sum to KEEN, whether one-off or on a recurrent basis, can make a big difference. It’s easy to donate online – you can find us on JustGiving and Localgiving.com – or we’ll happily accept a cheque by post to our office.

There are also ways that you can raise money for KEEN without paying any money at all:

  • With easyfundraising.org.uk popular retailers like Tesco, Amazon and Groupon will donate a percentage of your spend to KEEN when you make a purchase, at no extra cost!
  • Every time you search the web using keenoxford.easysearch.org.uk instead of Google or any other search engine, half a penny is raised for KEEN Oxford.  Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year! Click here to install the easyfundraising.org.uk search engine into your web browser: worldwide search, UK search (you might have to go into your browser settings to make it the default search engine)
  • If you’re selling items on eBay, you can choose to donate a percentage (or all!) of the final value to KEEN and receive a corresponding credit on the fees using eBay for Charity!

If you’re thinking of taking part in a 10k/half-marathon/marathon or other similar event, why not consider fundraising for KEEN? Let us know and we can help publicise your efforts – maybe it will give you an extra boost!

We’re a local business – can we help?

Absolutely! KEEN is eager to form partnerships with any local organisation interested in supporting our valuable work in Oxford. Contact the KEEN coordinator, Callum Campbell, at keen@keenoxford.org for more information. We would obviously be grateful for any financial support you can offer, but there are also many other ways you can assist in the running of the charity. One easy possibility is purchasing your office supplies or business travel from an online retailer through easyfundraising.org.uk, which will earn a donation to KEEN at no extra expense to yourselves! Or you could change your search engine to keenoxford.easysearch.org.uk and earn money for KEEN every time you search the web!

Can my organisation provide activities at a KEEN session?

Yes please! We’re always looking to attract new and exciting organisations and individuals to come and lead a session. If you or your organisation would be interested in finding a fun way to give back to the community, then please just get in touch!

I don’t have money but I have time – can I still help?

Of course! Most obviously, you could volunteer for us, but even if that isn’t for you, there are other ways you can profitably give your time to KEEN. If you have skills and talents that can assist in the wider running of the charity, we’d love to hear from you. Perhaps you have expertise in publicity, fundraising, or administration? Whatever your skillset, we’re interested – please send us an e-mail and we’ll get back to you!