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

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.

DeSmog Canada

To provide core support to DeSmogBlog in Canada. DeSmog is an independent online media house that engages in investigative journalism, reporting and analysis on the issues affecting the climate  change debate in North America.

Consultative Group on Biological Diversity Inc

To provide core support to CGBD, based in the US, which seeks to create a strong and effective funding community committed to combating climate change and building a clean energy economy. Within the context of its Climate and Energy Funders Group sub-programme, CGBD will: build knowledge and promote learning, information sharing and dialogue; facilitate funder coordination and grant-making; and sustain and build the field of climate and energy philanthropy.