The mission of the Oak Foundation is “to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.”
The Environment Programme at Oak Foundation was one of the first two programme areas established at the Foundation. The Environment Programme’s grant-making focuses on three main areas: climate change mitigation, marine resource conservation and wildlife conservation. Based on the Environment Programme Strategic Framework (2009-2014), Oak Foundation invested USD 151,990,000 in 337 grants from 2009 to 2013 in the areas of marine conservation and climate change. During this period, the Environment Programme’s grants made up approximately 19 to 25 per cent of the Oak Foundation’s annual grant-making.
In 2015 the programme carried out an external evaluation to assist Oak Trustees, the Environment Programme Director and programme staff in assessing its philanthropic impact and the effectiveness of its internal structure over the last five years. The programme also completed a Strategic Framework that will guide its grant-making through 2020. During the process of developing the Strategic Framework, some performance indicators were identified.