Oak Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Oak Foundation supports organizations taking a rights-based approach to their projects and programs.

IP TAKE: Oak does not award grants for less than $25,000 except under special circumstances or for organizations located in Zimbabwe.

PROFILE: Duty Free Shoppers co-founder and billionaire Alan Parker established the Oak Foundation in 1983 “to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.” Oak currently operates 10 grantmaking programs, which include child abuseenvironmenthousing and homelessnessinternational human rightsissues affecting womenlearning differencesspecial interest, and the joint IndiaDenmark, and Zimbabwe programs.

The foundation’s Issues Affecting Women program “seek[s] to contribute to a world in which women are safe from violence and free to exercise their full and equal human rights.” Oak awards grants to women’s organizations fighting against violence, exploitation and harmful social norms.

Oak Foundation grants range from $50,000 to $650,000. Examples of past grantees include the Alliance for the Protection against Domestic Violence and the American Civil Liberties Foundation, among many others. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations this funder supports, explore its excellent grant database.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year.

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