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.