In all our work we pursue rights-based approaches, gender equality and  partnership with organisation we fund.

We support civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice and nurture innovation and visionary leadership within it. We value diversity both within Oak and among our partners; we seek to be inclusive, flexible and engage with different points of view. We believe that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks.


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In our latest video, we talk to Sanjay Mullick, director of the Bindrai Institute for Research, Study and Action (BIRSA), and the Adivasi tribes – the indigenous peoples of India. The 2006 Forest Rights Act has made it possible for indigenous people in India to legally own and manage the forests, which they do sustainably.



Collaboration makes for powerful change

Crisis, a UK-based homelessness organisation, led a campaign to change the Homeless Persons Act, which prioritised families in need over single people in need.  On the other side of the Atlantic at around the same time, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania built a campaign to establish ongoing funding for the State Housing Trust Fund - which is a designated form of revenue for affordable housing.

The efforts of both of these organisations culminated in victory in 2017 the Homeless Persons Act was amended to reflect the wellbeing of single homeless people as well as families, and legislation was passed in 2015 in the state of Pennsylvania that supported affordable housing initiatives, with an initial funding of USD 12.5 million made available in 2017. These enormous victories can be directly attributed to the efforts of Crisis and the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.


Their work demonstrates how necessary the work of our partners is. We are proud of their success and congratulate them. Read on to find out more about how they achieved these remarkable goals.





Story related videos - Creating tangible social change

Meet Matt Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis UK.

Meet Liz Hersh, the former executive director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.



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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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