Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

Child Abuse
Housing and Homelessness
International Human Rights
Issues Affecting Women
Learning Differences
Special Interest
Joint India Programme


  • Hailu is a father of three living in the northern city of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. During a discussion on fatherhood and what it means to be a father, he opened up about his own experiences.

  • “Travel to learn – return to inspire.” This is the motto of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, an organisation dedicated to funding British citizens to travel in other countries and return with innovative ideas than can benefit people across the United Kingdom.

  • Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day is a poignant worldwide event that brings together women from around the world to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead,
Cultural anthropologist and author

Annual Report

Grant Spotlight


To provide core support to Oxfam UK for its humanitarian emergency operations worldwide. Oxfam is an international confederation of 18 NGOs working with partners in over 90 countries to end the injustices that cause poverty.

Oak Hill School Foundation

To provide core support to Oak Hill School so that it can continue to offer a half-day programme to students with diagnosed learning differences such as dyslexia and/or  attention deficit disorders, who are struggling in mainstream classrooms in and around Geneva, Switzerland. The programme aims to remediate basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics in order for students to realise their potential. Students continue to attend their regular school for the remainder of their day, allowing them to participate in the  mainstream curriculum, attend extra-curricular activities and maintain normal social interactions.

New Philanthropy Capital

To support New Philanthropy Capital’s work to improve the effectiveness of the charitable sector, particularly in the UK, so that it can have the greatest possible impact on people’s lives and society.

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust

To support Maggie’s organisational and programmatic developments, so that it fulfils its ambition to increase the number of Maggie’s Centres in the UK, from the current 18  to 21, by 2019. Maggie is a UK-based charity offering free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Support is provided in extraordinary buildings, which are meant to be active elements in the healing process.