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

Action for Self Reliance Organization

To strengthen the  protective environment  around children and  promote their wellbeing  in Hawassa city in  Ethiopia. Action for Self  Reliance aims to support  families and formal and  informal institutions to  protect children from  abuse and exploitation. It  does this by  strengthening the  economic situation of  families and a range of  actors in two parts of  Hawassa city.

New Venture Fund

To invest in communities  most impacted by climate  change so that they can  manage the shocks,  rebound and continue on  a progressive pathway to  sustainable development.  The project is rooted in a  social justice and human  rights framework. It will  prioritise the  contributions and  demands of women,  youth and indigenous  peoples to advance their  adaptation and resilience  to climate change. This  will help influence  national and  inter-governmental  financing mechanisms in  ways that support  'bottom-up'  community-led  approaches. The New  Venture Fund (NVF) works  to achieve a healthier,  more equitable world.

Public Verdict Foundation

To conduct independent investigations and engage in domestic and international litigation on cases of abuse and torture by law enforcement officers, as well as cases of violation of the rights to freedom of assembly, association and opinion in Russia. This grant will also support clients needing psychological and medical therapy, carry out a comprehensive monitoring of police and penitentiary system practices and conduct advocacy to put a spotlight on illegal practices.

Women at the Table

To strengthen the organisational development of Women@TheTable, based in Switzerland, so it becomes a solid communications and advocacy resource to women activists and women’s movements. Women@TheTable will assist women human rights advocates and organisations to be more visible and to be heard in mainstream physical and virtual public spaces. This will ensure that more women influence social, economic and political decisions with a rights perspective.