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

Public Impact, LLC

To conduct research to learn about closing and narrowing achievement gaps in low-poverty school districts in the US, with the eventual aim to implement a model in certain districts. Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which helps education leaders and policymakers improve student learning.

The Walking Classroom Institute

To provide core support to the TWC, an organisation based in North Carolina, the US, that provides resources to educators to engage students physically, mentally and  academically. With TWC materials, students take brisk 20-minute walks while listening to podcasts that are aligned with the common core standards for 4th and 5th grades. Students establish and maintain healthy lifestyle habits while building their health literacy and core content knowledge as they walk, listen and learn.

The Sutton Trust

To support Sutton Trust's UK summer school programme and an expansion of the programme into Wales. UK summer schools aim to improve social mobility across the UK by enabling highly-able young people from under-privileged backgrounds to access top higher education opportunities. The programme dispels some of the myths that prevent young people from applying to leading universities and from accessing top career paths, breaking the link between birth and educational opportunity.

Tides Center

To reduce the demand for orphanage volunteering and increase the demand for alternatives which do not harm children. Despite more than 80 years of research showing that growing up in residential care can have a negative impact on children’s health, development and life chances, the practice of international volunteering in residential care centres, such as orphanages in the developing world, has become so popular that it is creating a demand for “orphans” and “orphanages”.