Occasionally we make exceptionally large or significant grants to an organisation or a group of organisations. These grants usually address pertinent or pressing issues of our time and fall outside the remit and budget of our regular programmes. Read on for a list of our Special Initiative grants with links to more information.
Human rights related Special Initiative grants
Human rights are standards that allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice and peace. They ensure fairness and equality in our societies.
We are concerned, because despite decades of steady gains in nearly every country around the world, support for the human rights movement is regressing. Many argue that it is the end of the human rights era.
Through the following grants, given in 2018, we hope to strengthen these key partners to address the challenges facing the human rights movement overall.
If you would like to know more about these Special Initiative grants, please read the International Human Rights section in our 2018 Annual Report (pages 34 – 39)
The Voices Project is a human rights advocacy group supporting Syria’s heroes in the struggle for freedom and democracy. In 2017, the Syrian conflict entered its seventh year, with more than 465,000 Syrians killed in the fighting, more than a million injured and more over 12 million Syrians displaced from their homes. The UNHCR estimates that 5 million of these people sought protection outside of Syria.
Oak provided a grant to The Voices Project to support the UK-based 'The Syria Campaign' in its work to elevate Syria’s heroes and build global support behind them. The Syria Campaign works remotely to create a bridge between those trapped inside Syria facing violence on all sides and the international community. Believing in freedom, democracy and peace, it works to raise awareness of civil society groups in media and popular culture. By doing so it hopes to encourage the sense that there is a Syria worth protecting. This will also help ensure that the people’s voices are heard in political discussions on Syria’s future.
Visit The Voices Project website for more information.
Environment related Special Initiative grants
Climate change is happening and is real. All of us are concerned by this because climate change threatens ecosystems, societies and economies. These challenges require innovative responses. Through the power of collaboration, ClimateWorks Foundation is mobilising philanthropy to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future for everyone.
The effects of climate change are being felt around the world. While the changing climate will ultimately impact everyone, some people are on the frontlines, already contending with climate risks to their families and livelihoods. While none of us may know what the future will hold, we can focus our efforts on what we can do – strengthening those on the frontlines of climate devastation and helping to build their resilience in the face of it.
Health-related Special Initiative grants
Cancer is a global pandemic. There are few among us who have not lost a loved one or friend to this terrible disease. We wanted to support care-workers to provide the best possible care to cancer patients.
Philanthropy-related Special Initiative grants
Foundations operate in every sphere of life – health, education, employment, environment, the arts, culture, human rights and more. If we hope to tackle society's most pressing problems, collaboration is essential to success. This is why we support collaboration in many forms.
Learning-related Special Initiative grants
We also know almost intrinsically that a better future and a good education are linked, that learning today and opportunity tomorrow are intertwined. We believe that educated citizens contribute to more vibrant communities as well.
Approximately 10 million students in United States public schools have learning profiles that are not aligned with the expectations and teaching methodologies prevalent in mainstream school systems. Students with learning differences include those who have dyslexia, attention issues and learning disabilities.
We are concerned, because, as a result of this mismatch, students with learning differences are often perceived as not being capable of performing well in school, as unmotivated or as just not trying hard enough. These students often disengage from school, perform poorly and may not graduate. Those who graduate often choose not to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities. As adults, many are under-employed or can even end up in prison.
Oak Foundation Denmark
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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