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 Aspen Institute

To support the Aspen Institute in developing the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship. This will: foster youth agency and leadership by investing directly in leaders aged 16-20,  including those who have learning differences; build just and prosperous communities by developing a diverse pipeline of talented, young, local leaders who will launch  community-based social ventures and remain invested in their home communities; and demonstrate that youth are capable of leading in their communities when invested in as leaders.

President & Fellows of Harvard College

To document the process and outcomes in six US cities in moving towards customised public education systems that address the needs of diverse learners. The Education  Redesign Lab, housed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will examine how cities address the needs of  students with learning differences, as well as those learning English and from diverse economic backgrounds. It will also document outcomes on a range of measures.

Iredell-Statesville Schools

To strengthen structures in the Iredell–Statesville School System in North Carolina and provide sustained professional development for coaches and teachers. This will help continue increasing the academic achievement of all students and decreasing the achievement gap. Implementation of Multi-Tier System of Supports, growing effective Professional Learning Communities and providing ongoing targeted professional development will continue to be the three key strategies of the work.

Fana Association for Individuals with Learning and Communication Difficulties

To provide core support to FAILCD, an organisation based in Ethiopia that provides training to educators and clinical services to children with learning differences such as dyslexia. FAILCD is based in the capital Addis Ababa and provides services throughout the country.