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

Bassuk Center (Center for Social Innovation)

To research the reasons for racial discrimination that increases the risk of homelessness in the United States. While there is significant research demonstrating that minority groups are over-represented, there is very little to explain why this might be, or to recommend steps to eliminate this imbalance. C4S works on housing and homelessness, and recovery from mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and trauma.

Butler Family Fund

To strengthen the links between criminal justice and the affordable housing and homelessness sectors in the United States. This will be done by: eliminating barriers to housing post-incarceration; and pushing the criminal justice system to support investments in housing and housing services. The Butler Family Fund focuses on the inequities of homelessness and the criminal justice system and seeks to help the people most affected by extreme poverty.

World Resources Institute

To provide support to WRI India to help two cities draft proposals that incorporate best practices and initiatives to make public transport safer and more equitable for women. WRI is a global research organisation that envisions an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources.


To support Upstream and a collaborative of US-based groups to build a broader and more effective North American movement to solve plastic pollution. UPSTREAM is dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable society by addressing the root causes of environmental harm. It aims to advance sustainability, end plastic pollution and reduce climate disruption through product-focused environmental policies.