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


  • Hailu is a father of three living in the northern city of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. During a discussion on fatherhood and what it means to be a father, he opened up about his own experiences.

  • “Travel to learn – return to inspire.” This is the motto of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, an organisation dedicated to funding British citizens to travel in other countries and return with innovative ideas than can benefit people across the United Kingdom.

  • Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day is a poignant worldwide event that brings together women from around the world to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality.

“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

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

To provide core support to the Consortium of Urgent Action Funds in their efforts to strengthen the resilience and impact of women’s movements around the world. This will be done by: providing rapid response grant-making to improve the security and wellbeing of women human rights defenders (WHRD); strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organiations; increasing leadership, capacity, and knowledge of WHRD; and laying the groundwork for the creation of a new Urgent Action Fund for the Asia Pacific region.

Terre des Femmes Switzerland (TDF)

To support Terre des Femmes to provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive counselling services and assistance specifically designed for migrant women who are victims of domestic violence living in Bern, Switzerland. Terre des Femmes Switzerland works to prevent human rights violations against women and girls.

TRAG Foundation

To strengthen women's movements and civil society organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. This will be done by administering and expanding the Issues Affecting Women Programme Balkans portfolio of grants that focus on addressing intimate partner violence, anti-trafficking and exploitation and movement building. In addition to providing strong due diligence and reporting on these grants, Trag will provide tailor made capacity building, mentoring and accompaniment to these organisations.

Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds

To provide core support to Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds, enabling it to continue strengthening the work of women’s funds. As the global hub of women’s funds, Prospera seeks to create opportunities for greater collaboration among its members and across sectors, develop technical skills and knowledge, and mobilise resources to strengthen and support women’s funds to realise women’s rights.