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


“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

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

To provide support to the  Ellen MacArthur  Foundation to deliver the  New Plastics Economy  initiative.  The project will  catalyse action across  the business and  philanthropic  communities,  complementing other  initiatives that deliver  social impact and  stimulating systemic  change at a global scale.

Duke University

To conduct a  comprehensive global  assessment of the status,  trends and investment  needs of small-scale  fisheries over the next  decade. This will include:  capturing lessons learned  from previous Oak  Foundation investments  in the field; learning what  elements can be  emulated (or not) on the  implementation of  rights-based fisheries;  and summarising key  trends, gaps and  opportunities for  philanthropic  intervention.

DeSmog Canada

To provide core support  to DeSmogBlog in  Canada. DeSmog is an  independent online  media house that  engages in investigative  journalism, reporting and  analysis on the issues  affecting the climate  change debate in North  America.

Consultative Group on Biological Diversity Inc

To provide core support  to CGBD, based in the US,  which seeks to create a  strong and effective  funding community  committed to combating  climate change and  building a clean energy  economy. Within the  context of its Climate and  Energy Funders Group  sub-programme, CGBD  will: build knowledge and  promote learning,  information sharing and  dialogue; facilitate funder  coordination and  grant-making; and  sustain and build the  field of climate and  energy philanthropy.