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

Bulgarian Fund for Women

To provide core support to the Bulgarian Fund for Women, enabling it to advance its mission of empowering women and girls. The Fund does this by building women’s movements and developing feminist philanthropy for social change. It raises funds and gives grants to local organisations working to advance women’s and girls’ rights, eliminate gender stereotypes, gender-based violence and discrimination, and achieve gender equality in all spheres of life and promote social change.

Ashiana Network

To provide core support to the Ashiana Network, so that it can provide support services to South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women in the UK who are experiencing domestic  violence or sexual violence. Ashiana provides housing and support to women and girls experiencing domestic and sexual violence.

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.