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

Open Briefing

To provide core support for Open Briefing; to establish new business areas including a security unit, a training  unit, and the development and expansion of the existing  intelligence unit; to provide up to eight subsidised assignments to IHRP grantees addressing security training and threat assessments. Open Briefing seeks to keep those striving to make the world a better place “safe and informed”.  It provides innovative intelligence and research services to aid agencies, human rights groups, civil society organisations and concerned citizens.

Nucleo de Preservacao da Memoria Politica

To establish a  functioning, sustainable  human rights museum  and education centre in a  former military court in  central Sao Paulo in  Brazil. This will assure  victim participation and  provide curatorial and  business expertise in the  design and execution of  the project.

Death Penalty Project Ltd

To promote and protect  the human rights of  people sentenced to the  death penalty, in  particular by challenging  the arbitrary imposition  of the death penalty  resulting from the  violation of due process  guarantees. The DPP  provides free legal  representation and  assistance to people  facing the death penalty  and seeks to promote its  restriction in line with  international minimum  legal requirements.

Crisis Action

To provide core support  to Crisis Action to  continue its work in  increasing the impact of  joint civil society  responses to armed  conflict. Working with  more than 60 partners  globally, Crisis Action will  coordinate strategic  coalition campaigns and  advocacy to ensure  governments take action  to protect civilian  populations at risk of  human rights violations.  Crisis Action is an  international organisation  that works with  individuals and  organisations from global  civil society to protect  civilians from armed  conflict.