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

Pew Charitable Trusts

To establish the world’s  first generation of great marine parks by  designating 15 large-scale, fully  protected ocean reserves by the end of 2022. Global Ocean Legacy will  support the codification and implementation of recently announced reserves in regions including the United Kingdom’s Pitcairn Islands and Palau.

Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance GAIA

To support the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) to confront the international plastics pollution problem, by: building global pressure for product redesign; strengthening and sharing model city-level zero waste systems in the Asia Pacific region; and engaging with leading city networks. The grant will include supporting more than 50 cities in the Asia/Pacific region to commit to new targets for waste reduction, collection, source separation, organics recovery and recycling.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

To provide support to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to deliver the New Plastics Economy initiative. The project will catalyse action across the business and philanthropic communities,  complementing other initiatives that deliver social impact and stimulating systemic change at a global scale.

Duke University

To conduct a comprehensive global assessment of the status, trends and investment needs of small-scale  fisheries over the next decade. This will include: capturing lessons learned from previous Oak Foundation investments in the field; learning what elements can be emulated (or not) on the implementation of rights-based fisheries; and summarising key  trends, gaps and opportunities for philanthropic intervention.