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


To support educators to redesign US schools around the principles of Next Generation Learning, which support student-centred, personalised and competency-based  learning aligned to new definitions of student success. Next Generation Learning is a project funded through Educause, a US membership-based education organisation. The My Ways project developed by Next Generation Learning, has consolidated five years of school-based research to identify these practices. This grant will support the  integration of the My Ways work into an information management platform available to public schools in 32 states.

Ontario College of Art and Design University

To support OCAD’s Inclusive Design Research Centre to design a “Social Justice Repair Kit”, which will include online open-source, free-of-charge tools for youth organisations to create events. It will also include project-based learning opportunities designed to support the engagement of all learners. This Repair Kit will foster global  re-engagement of marginalised or at-risk youth who have learning differences and provide collaboration and organisational support for participants in social justice or youth action groups internationally.

New Profit Inc.

To support students with learning differences through policy change, convening and network engagement activities. New Profit is a US-based not-for-profit venture philanthropy fund. It works with entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other partners to transform the way America educates its children and creates healthy communities. New Profit supports the Reimagine Learning Fund which works to assure that all students, including those with learning and attention problems, can achieve success in school and life.

Georgia State University

To identify differentiating characteristics of people with dyslexia who show treatment resistance to existing evidence-based interventions. This study seeks to identify those neurocognitive and instructional factors that contribute to dyslexia treatment resistance. Funding supports the addition of a second literacy intervention to complement an existing National Institutes of Health-funded intervention study, expanding the impact of the research and contributing to the goal of more personalised dyslexia intervention strategies tailored to individual learners.