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


To support Upstream and  a collaborative of  US-based groups to build  a broader and more  effective North American  movement to solve  plastic pollution.  UPSTREAM is dedicated to  creating a healthy,  sustainable and equitable  society by addressing  the root causes of  environmental harm. It  aims to advance  sustainability, end plastic  pollution and reduce  climate disruption  through product-focused  environmental policies.

Tides Canada Foundation

To enable Inuit leaders, institutions and coastal communities to express their priorities in fostering marine stewardship and resilience to climate change in the Canadian  Arctic. Tides Canada Foundation will work with community partners to develop new models for sustainable livelihoods that increase their capacity for marine stewardship and climate change adaptation. The grant will also provide sustaining membership support to the Arctic Funders Collaborative.

SELCO Foundation

To develop affordable,  innovative and long-term  financing tools for  energy services for those  living in poverty and  outside the “energy net”  in India. The grant will  also focus on analysing  policies, programmes and  regulatory mechanisms  and develop a framework  to evaluate their social  inclusiveness through the  lens of energy access  and need.

Pew Charitable Trusts

To establish the world’s  first generation of great marine parks by  designating 15 large-scale, fully  protected ocean reserves by the end of 2022. Global Ocean Legacy will  support the codification and implementation of recently announced reserves in regions including the United Kingdom’s Pitcairn Islands and Palau.