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

EngageMedia Collective Inc

To complete and roll out the Video4Change Impact Cookbook, a toolkit to improve the effectiveness of using  video for social change. EngageMedia is a human rights and  environmental non-profit working at the intersection of video, technology and social change. It will lead the work of the Video4Change Network in overseeing the redesign and outreach plan for the toolkit. EngageMedia has worked with frontline video and digital rights activists in locations including West Papua, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, East Timor, Mexico and beyond.

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

To support the policing and prisons programmes with a focus on improving relevant legal and procedural rights, and improving detention oversight mechanisms with a view to reducing undue and prolonged pre-trial detention. CHRI was established in 1987 to promote awareness of human rights by the Commonwealth and its member states. Based in  New Delhi, India, it has four programmes: the right to information; police reforms; prison reforms; and strategic initiatives.

Columbia University

To increase the transparency and accountability of security forces globally by using publicly-available data to monitor abuses and provide information for international criminal  cases and advocacy. The Security Force Monitor, housed at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute, will analyse and structure public data on abusive security forces and make this information publicly accessible through a free interactive webplatform.

NEO Philanthropy

To support the work of the Four Freedoms Fund donor collaboratives, including grant-making, convening and strategising to build a more effective and connected US immigrant rights field. Participation will focus on the Fund’s Response to Harsh Enforcement Initiative, seeking to reduce the number of immigrants detained, deported and separated from their families, and to ensure enforcement policies and practices respect human rights and are accountable and fair.