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

Head Talks LTD

To provide core support to enable Head Talks to create and host online and offline content that informs and inspires those affected by mental health issues. By bringing these issues into the light through engaging, credible and confident accounts, Head Talks seeks to normalise mental health issues, putting them on a par with health issues more generally, and making it clear that they can affect anyone, even the most successful in society.

Harlem Children's Zone

To provide core support to the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, whose programmes offer education, social and wellness services to more than 12,000 children and their families each year. HCZ strives to break the cycle of poverty in Central Harlem by working to build communities, strengthen families and ensure that children succeed in life.

Graduate Institute Geneva

To support the Global Commission on Drug Policy so that it can continue its mission to change the prohibitionist paradigm that prevails in global, regional and national drug policy. This work will culminate in the UN conference on the review of the 2009 international plan of action and political declaration on drugs due in 2019.

Global Investigative Journalism Network

To provide core support to the GIJN to expand its services. GIJN's mission is to spread 'watchdog journalism' across the globe, including in repressive regimes and  marginalised communities. It does this by creating opportunities for journalists to share with, learn from and support one another, both online and face-to-face, and it supports journalists with world-class training  and technology.