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

Heartland Alliance

To provide small grants and technical assistance to grassroots LGBTI groups in West Africa. The Global Initiative for Human Rights is a re-granter that supports  documentation and advocacy, provides capacity building and leadership development in order to build stronger LGBTI movements, and create favourable conditions for decriminalisation of same-sex relationships.

Heartland Alliance

To promote the human rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, particularly those deprived of their liberty in immigration detention. Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center uses a multi-faceted approach of alliance-building, policy advocacy, impact litigation and strategic communications to reduce harsh enforcement practices and the number of immigrants in detention, improve detention conditions and ensure due process protections.

Global Dialogue

To establish a UK Communications Hub, linked to embedded communication officers, to support a coalition of CSOs to shape and participate in national and regional  conversations on migration, integration and related debates. The Hub will provide media management support, message development and spokesperson training and seeks to build wider support for a positive narrative on migration and integration.

Front Line

To provide direct assistance to human rights defenders at risk  worldwide. This will be done through: a 24/7 emergency support service (relocation, legal and medical emergency grants); capacity building to improve defenders’ security (personal/organisational and digital security workshops at local and regional levels, networking, including through Dublin Platform convening); international advocacy; and visibility.