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

New Venture Fund

To invest in communities most impacted by climate change so that they can manage the shocks, rebound and continue on a progressive pathway to sustainable development. The project is rooted in a social justice and human rights framework. It will prioritise the contributions and demands of women, youth and indigenous peoples to advance their adaptation and resilience to climate change. This will help influence national and inter-governmental financing mechanisms in ways that support 'bottom-up' community-led approaches. The New Venture Fund (NVF) works to achieve a healthier, more equitable world.

UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti

To plan the design, pilot and evaluation of a "cash plus" intervention within the context of Tanzania’s Productive Social Safety Net Programme. UNICEF aims to identify and adapt a component that may help facilitate safe transitions to adulthood, including reducing the risk of HIV infection and the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents.

Public Verdict Foundation

To conduct independent investigations and engage in domestic and international litigation on cases of abuse and torture by law enforcement officers, as well as cases of violation of the rights to freedom of assembly, association and opinion in Russia. This grant will also support clients needing psychological and medical therapy, carry out a comprehensive monitoring of police and penitentiary system practices and conduct advocacy to put a spotlight on illegal practices.

Women at the Table

To strengthen the organisational development of Women@TheTable, based in Switzerland, so it becomes a solid communications and advocacy resource to women activists and women’s movements. Women@TheTable will assist women human rights advocates and organisations to be more visible and to be heard in mainstream physical and virtual public spaces. This will ensure that more women influence social, economic and political decisions with a rights perspective.