Magdalen College, Oxford

In 2005 Zvi Meitar was appointed Patron of the Magdalen College Boat Club for maintaining the Boat Club for five years. His donations also enabled the Club to purchase two boats named ‘Meitar I’ and ‘Meitar II’.

In the summer of 2011 the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Fund created the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Magdalen Graduate Scholarships awarded annually to five PhD graduates studying in the sciences.

The Zvi Meitar Family Fund is a major donor to Magdalen College Oxford and has developed a special relationship with this college. In recognition of this special relationship and donations, Zvi Meitar was made an Honorary Waynflete Fellow which, under a parliamentary statute, may be held by only eighteen persons at any one time.

Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors

 In 2007 Zvi Meitar was elected to the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors headed by The Chancellor, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH at the University of Oxford.


Also in 2007 the Zvi Meitar Family Fund agreed with the University of Oxford to establish two annual scholarships / prizes for young PhD graduates, each in the amount of £35,000, under the name The Zvi Meitar Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize. The first two prizes were donated in March 2007.

Oxford University Women’s Boat Club (OUWBC)

In addition to the Magdalen College Boat Club, The Meitar Family Fund has also donated a boat, called ‘Zvi Meitar’, to the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club (OUWBC). This boat represented Oxford University in the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Women’s Boat Races.

Ashmolean Museum
The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund made a donation to the Ashmolean Museum and the four-storey central atrium of the museum where the old and new sections of the museum meet was named Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Atrium; in honour of the donations made to the Ashmolean Museum.

In 2009 Zvi Meitar lent to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford a marble statue of Sir George Cooke, weighing 4½ tons, which was sculpted in 1748 by Henry Cheere. This is sited in the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Atrium

Also, in recognition of extensive support, Zvi Meitar was presented with an Ashmolean Fellowship in 2010, the highest honour the Museum can bestow.

Bodleian Libraries
In 2011 the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford announced important improvements to SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries On-line) made possible by a donation from Zvi Meitar. As a result of his donation the catalogue improvements were made in a matter of months instead of the years it would have taken the Bodleian Library cataloguers to research and input data. The catalogue is the lifeblood of the library connecting readers worldwide with 11 million physical items in the Bodleian collections and an infinite number of electronic resources thus making it much quicker for academics to reach the materials they seek and also encouraging them to explore other recommended materials.

He has made several donations to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, including donations for the Bodleian/ Korean Project, a donation towards the purchase of Kafka’s ‘Letters to Ottla’ and a donation towards the Bodleian project for the digitization of Queen Victoria’s journals.

 New Bodleian Library Gift Shop

The Zvi Meitar Family Fund made a donation to the Bodleian Library for the installation of the new Bodleian Shop in the new refurbished Bodleian Library which is named the Zvi Meitar Bodleian Libraries Shop.

 Philharmonia Orchestra
The Meitar Family Fund is considered a main donor to the Philharmonia Orchestra and has been for many years.

 Oxford Philomusica
For several years The Meitar Family Fund has been a major donor to the Oxford Philomusica, under the auspices of Oxford University, for many years.

 The Sixteen

The Meitar Family Fund sponsored The Sixteen’s Handel in Oxford Festivals 2004, 2005 and 2006 and has continued to support them subsequently.

Oxford University