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

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.

Center for Creative Leadership

To support the design, testing and prototyping of two digital leadership development resources that will incorporate existing tools from CCL’s early leadership curriculum.  These resources will be targeted at youth and young adults and will be accessible to diverse learners, available on demand throughout the world and affordable. CCL will partner with several Oak grantees to ensure that youth voices and feedback are incorporated into this iterative design process.

CAST Resources Inc.

To support CAST, a US-based centre, in partnership with the UDL - Implementation Research Network, to create an online system for training and certification in Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  This system will be available to all public education systems, schools and educators from pre-school to adult learning. This will ensure the high quality implementation of UDL and a continuous professional development model that results in micro-credentials and certifications for all users.