• Organization TypeFoundation
  • Staff51-100
  • HeadquartersSwitzerland
  • Founded1983

Oak Foundation

The resources of Oak Foundation originated from an interest in the Duty Free Shoppers business which Alan Parker helped to build. Today, the Foundation comprises a group of philanthropic organisations based in various countries around the world. Oak Foundation was formally established in 1983. Early grants were made in Denmark to organisations supporting single mothers and torture victims (1983) and in Zimbabwe to groups supporting vulnerable children and families, primarily at community levels (1984). Grants continued to be made annually in several countries until a new phase for Oak Foundation began in the early 1990s, when annual grant-making  increased and staff were hired to run substantive programmes. The first two programmes to get underway were Environment and Child Abuse, followed by four other programmes – Housing and Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women and Learning Differences. There is also a Special Interest Programme, which funds efforts identified by the Trustees that do not fall into the other programme areas, and two national programmes in Denmark and Zimbabwe. Five of Oak’s programmes also fund initiatives in India, and, in 2012, Oak Foundation joined this work under the banner of the Joint India Programme. Since its establishment, Oak Foundation has made more than 3,600 grants to not-for-profit organisations across the globe. Oak Foundation has its main administrative office in Geneva, Switzerland and a presence in seven other countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, India, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zimbabwe. Mission Statement 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. Partnerships Oak Foundation value partnerships, both as a funder and as a grant-maker. As a foundation, they participate in the US-based Council of Foundations, the European Foundations Centre and other membership-based organisations and associations. As a grant-maker, they encourage their partners to work together to leverage programme strengths and resources. 
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3Current jobs
42Total posted jobs

Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Programme Officer
  • Fellow
    Brazil, United Kingdom
  • Director, Environment Programme
  • Program Officer, Issues Affecting Women Programme

Staff at Oak Foundation have experience in


  • development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • project support
  • research & development
  • economic policy


  • oak foundation
  • ford foundation
  • ikea foundation
  • macarthur foundation


  • uganda
  • ethiopia
  • south sudan
  • united states
  • tanzania


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas


Events / Training
Child and Maternal Health
Architecture / Design
Judicial Reform
Torts / Conflict Resolution

Company Offices

  • Denmark
  • Copenhagen
  • Kronprinsessegade 34, st. 1306 København K
  • India
  • Kolkata
  • 1 st Floor 12, Haralal Das Street Near Entally Market Kolkata - 700014
  • 700014
  • Switzerland (headquarters)
  • Geneve
  • Case Postale 118 58, Avenue Louis Casaï 1216 Cointrin, Geneva Switzerland
  • Geneva 1216
  • United Kingdom
  • London
  • 2nd Floor, 43 Palace Street London SW1E 5HL
  • SW1E 5HL
  • United States
  • Chapel Hill
  • 55 Vilcom Center Drive, Suite 340 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • North Carolina NC 27514