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 support the 50.50 platform to raise awareness of critical women’s rights issues, to provide tools that improve implementation of women’s rights and to inform and influence  global policy. By working with a geographically and thematically diverse constituency of authors, the platform aims to empower women, raise their profiles and increase the impact of their work. Oak support will also strengthen the platform’s editorial capacities and improve its learning, monitoring and evaluation system.

Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises

To provide core support to FFC to enable it to offer technical and financial assistance to grassroots organisations promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of  the Congo. This grant will also advocate for a change in the status of women in society, for the restoration of peace and to strengthen the women's movement. FFC works to help mobilise financial resources to support women’s grassroots organisations, networks and groups, and to build their capacity.

Geneva University Hospitals, (Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève)

To carry out a collaborative, community-based study to meet the needs of women experiencing ongoing psychological intimate partner violence. This study will help increase  understanding around women's experiences of psychological intimate partner violence and how these experiences play out in daily relationship dynamics.

FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund

To provide core support to FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund, based in Canada. This grant will enable it to fund newly established young feminist-led initiatives. These initiatives pursue participatory grant-making processes that put funding decisions into the hands of applicants. FRIDA strengthens the capacity of young feminist  organisations to: leverage additional resources for their work; enhance their leadership and impact; and increase commitments of donors and allies to resourcing young feminist activism.