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

Housing Justice

To establish a London  hosting scheme,  coordinated by HJ, which  will provide short-term  accommodation for  migrants and support to  help resolve their  immigration issues. HJ is  a UK-wide membership  organisation of  church-based night  shelters, drop-in centres,  day centres, housing  associations and  individuals. It seeks to  prevent homelessness  and improve living  conditions.

Center for Social Innovation (Bassuk Center)

To research the reasons for racial discrimination that increases the risk of  homelessness in the United States. While there  is significant research demonstrating that  minority groups are over-represented, there is very little to explain why this might be, or to recommend steps to eliminate this imbalance. C4S works on housing  and homelessness, and recovery from mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and trauma.

Butler Family Fund

To strengthen the links between criminal justice  and the affordable housing and homelessness sectors in  the United States.  This  will be done by:  eliminating barriers to  housing post-incarceration; and pushing the criminal  justice system to support investments in housing  and housing services.  The Butler Family Fund  focuses on the inequities of homelessness and the criminal justice system  and seeks to help the people most affected by extreme poverty.

World Resources Institute

To provide support to  WRI India to help two  cities draft proposals that  incorporate best  practices and initiatives  to make public transport  safer and more equitable  for women. WRI is a  global research  organisation that  envisions an equitable  and prosperous planet  driven by the wise  management of natural  resources.