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REPORT FRAUD OR ABUSE
Oak Foundation’s Report Fraud and Abuse mechanism exists to help us identify instances of misuse of resources, safeguarding and other abuses relating to our work. On this page, we describe the type of concerns we want to hear about, and how we will respond to these concerns. It is NOT a mechanism for the submission of grant proposals or input into strategy.
Oak Foundation expects its staff and partners (including grantees, consultants, vendors and other agents) to observe high standards of administrative and financial probity; and have a strong commitment to safeguarding practices. Oak respects the independence of its partners, who frequently work in complex and difficult environments. Funding is made available on the basis of trust in their expertise and integrity to properly navigate those complexities, including consideration for the reputation and standing of the Foundation.
Oak Foundation encourages all partners, sub-grantees, service-users and their staff to report concerns.
Concerns may be submitted on a confidential basis and will be investigated to the extent possible. Oak Foundation will make the strongest effort possible to protect your identity. However, please be aware that serious allegations may require thorough investigation by authorities outside of Oak, which may make it impossible for Oak Foundation to guarantee confidentiality in all cases.
A person may report on an anonymous basis although that may impede the Designated Officer’s ability to thoroughly investigate the allegations.
Oak Foundation will take all reasonable measures to ensure that no person who makes a report in good faith will be subject to retaliation.
What to Report
You can use this mechanism to report any concerns that fall short of our expectations (above), whether they be current, past or anticipated. The attached policies give guidance on particular types of concern, but are not exhaustive.
Review our policies for guidance
The attached policies give guidance on particular types of concern, but are not exhaustive.
• Oak Foundation Financial Integrity Policy
• Oak Foundation Safeguarding Children Policy
You can find out more about Safeguarding Children Policy here.
What not to Report
Oak discourages individuals from using this mechanism to pursue individual staff grievances which should ordinarily be resolved through internal procedures of the employing partner organisation. Such matters should only be raised through this mechanism where there is a manifest management or governance failure to address them.
How to Report
You can either report through email or through our online form below.
Please note that it is not appropriate to submit funding proposals or general enquiries through this mechanism. For funding proposals, please visit our Submit a letter of enquiry page and for general enquiries please refer to our Contact us page.
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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.
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