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

Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance GAIA

To support the Global  Alliance for Incinerator  Alternatives (GAIA) to  confront the international  plastics pollution  problem, by:  building  global pressure for  product redesign;  strengthening and  sharing model city-level  zero waste systems in the  Asia Pacific region;  and  engaging with leading  city networks. The grant  will include supporting  more than 50 cities in the  Asia/Pacific region to  commit to new targets  for waste reduction,  collection, source  separation, organics  recovery and recycling.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

To provide support to the  Ellen MacArthur  Foundation to deliver the  New Plastics Economy  initiative.  The project will  catalyse action across  the business and  philanthropic  communities,  complementing other  initiatives that deliver  social impact and  stimulating systemic  change at a global scale.

Duke University

To conduct a  comprehensive global  assessment of the status,  trends and investment  needs of small-scale  fisheries over the next  decade. This will include:  capturing lessons learned  from previous Oak  Foundation investments  in the field; learning what  elements can be  emulated (or not) on the  implementation of  rights-based fisheries;  and summarising key  trends, gaps and  opportunities for  philanthropic  intervention.

DeSmog Canada

To provide core support  to DeSmogBlog in  Canada. DeSmog is an  independent online  media house that  engages in investigative  journalism, reporting and  analysis on the issues  affecting the climate  change debate in North  America.