Be the change you want
to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.


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During the 2016 calendar year, Oak Foundation made 354 programme grants for a
total of  USD
185.14 million.

Project-specific funding

Oak Foundation supports initiatives that develop the capacity of its partners. This year we have focused on
our values-based approach
to capacity building and organisational development.

Here you can read the story about Atina.

Why work with men and boys?

Oak Foundation’s Child Abuse Programme recognises men and boys as strong allies to address all forms of violence against children. By engaging men more deliberately and consciously will help create non-violent and safe environments for children.

In 2016, a special Initiative grant of USD 20 million was made to help communities most impacted by climate change.

Plastic in the
world's Oceans

The world's oceans are choking. We gathered more than 40 non-governmental organisations together to agree on a shared global vision and strategy to reduce the plastic pollution in the oceans.

Migration and homelessness in the United Kingdom

If the problem of homelessness is to be addressed, the overarching arguments for and against migration must be set aside and the specific needs of homeless migrants must be carefully looked at.

Capacity development is all about people and their ability to capitalise on their skills and environment.

"The participatory approach helps ensure ownership of problems and their solutions. Change is then transformative from withing and not just on the surface for the donor's benefit."

- Adriana Craciun, Senior Advisor

Organisation Development and Capacity building

Oak Foundation

Supporting our partners in the seach for justice

All of our partners will concede, the pursuit of justice is often slow, long and arduous. We are proud to have accompanied them on their inspirational and momentous journeys.


Mobilising women through networks and coalitions

Organisations working towards a shared vision – such as ending domestic violence – are a more powerful and legitimate force when they speak with one voice.

Personalising learning

Oak Foundation is committed to supporting partners who realise the promise of personalised education –  The true test of whether learning is personalised is if it promotes the academic and social- emotional development of all students, especially those who learn differently.

Giving orphaned
baby elephants
a chance in life

By developing a milk product full of nutrients a baby elephant needs, we will give hope to a new generation of elephants and rhinos in this era of intensive poaching.

Since 2007, elephant populations in continental Africa have declined by 1/3 which makes more than 100,000 elephants.


Reaching survivors of sexual violence in Kolkata

Sanchita* from Kolkata married, like many young Indian girls, very young. Discover her story and the challenges she has been faced with.

Bringing joy to hospital patients through music

The Denmark Programme has been supporting Lisbeth Sagen and her fellow musicians who visit different hospitals to play music, in particular for children and young people.

New Programme launch in 2016

- Joint Brazil Programme

The programme focuses on promoting citizen security and civic participation, protecting urban spaces and imporving mobility among disadvantaged communities
in Recife area.

Fighting HIV/AIDS

in Zimbabwe

Every day, about 5,753 people contract HIV. The Zimbabwe Programme supports a number of initiatives in the hard to reach regions where HIV/AIDS is more entrenched and where the need to raise awareness, and improve education remains.

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Annual Report






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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