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

The Sutton Trust

To support Sutton Trust's UK summer school programme and an expansion of the programme into Wales. UK summer schools aim to improve social mobility across the UK by enabling highly-able young people from under-privileged backgrounds to access top higher education opportunities. The programme dispels some of the myths that prevent young people from applying to leading universities and from accessing top career paths, breaking the link between birth and educational opportunity.

Tides Center

To reduce the demand for orphanage volunteering and increase the demand for alternatives which do not harm children. Despite more than 80 years of research showing that growing up in residential care can have a negative impact on children’s health, development and life chances, the practice of international volunteering in residential care centres, such as orphanages in the developing world, has become so popular that it is creating a demand for “orphans” and “orphanages”.

Tides Center

To create a continuum of sustainable and effective services for all Chapel Hill and Carrboro youth. For example, a website and mobile phone application will assist youth and parents in connecting to services. Youth Forward is a project of Tides Centre and works to increase human and organisational capacity building for not-for-profit organisations serving youth.

The Foundling Museum

To support the Foundling Museum in London to train young adults who grew up in institutional care to develop and deliver creative workshops at the Museum for children in care. Both the trainees and children will benefit from the project and will learn new skills and feel empowered. The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, the Museum celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children's lives for over 275 years.