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

Elon University

To use a two-generation  approach to support  literacy and English  language development  among parents and  children in a school  district and university  partnership. Through its  popular afterschool  project, Elon University’s,  ‘It Takes a Village’, seeks  to increase reading  proficiency of at-risk  students in five Title I  schools in the  Alamance-Burlington  School System.”

dZi Foundation

To increase economic  resilience for 4,000  households in extremely  remote communities in  eastern Nepal. dZi will  work with 3,700 farmers  to grow and sell cash  crops as well as increase  vegetable consumption  and food security.  It will  also form and support  three multi-purpose  cooperatives to grow to a  total of 1,300 members  and to provide special  support to 386 families  who lost homes during  the recent earthquakes.


To support the development of an online platform and the  provision of  technology-enabled  professional development for teachers seeking to create blended learning  environments that support the learning success of all students, especially those who learn differently. This project will promote the expanded use of  PowerMyLearning’s  Blended Instruction Framework (BIF) – which  was developed with Oak  support – by training teachers in more than 100 schools. It will also make the BIF freely available to teachers and teacher coaches nationwide.

Education First

To design and execute a  consortium for Learning  Differences Programme  grantees in early 2017 in  the US, and to support  the programme in broadening its work around communications, evaluation and network building. Education First is a US-based national  organisation which partners with practitioners, policy-makers, funders and advocates to design and accelerate policies and plans that help all young people succeed in college, careers and life.