Oaktree (foundation)

Oaktree is an Australia-based non-government organization that works to build community and political backing for Action is ending extreme poverty, and Provides aid and development to countries in need across the Asia Pacific. Founded in 2003, the organization is run by young people aged 16 to 26, and overseen by an advisory board.

Internationally, Oaktree partners work with developing communities to support quality education opportunities for young people, aged from 12 to 30 years. In Australia, Oaktree focuses on educating and training young people to be effective agents of change, as well as advocates for policy change through sustained, community-driven campaigns . The organization claims to be Australia’s largest youth-run organization.


Oaktree was founded in Melbourne by Hugh Evans and Nicholas Mackay in 2003. After winning a World Vision in the Philippines , aged 13 years, Evans went on exchange to Woodstock School in the Himalayas in India two years later. A further Top trip to the rural valley communities of the KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, Where he Volunteered with World Vision, saw _him_ return to Melbourne in 2003 and join with Mackay and other young people to suit les Oaktree, with the purpose of Combating Some of the inequalities that Evans had witnessed. [1] In October 2013, Oaktree launched a new brand and website to mark its 10th birthday.

Oaktree has invested a $ 2.5 million in aid development projects between 2003 and 2012. [5] [ self-published source? ]


The mission statement of Oaktree as of 2013 is “Young people leading a movement to end extreme poverty.” Oaktree aspires to achieve its mission in three ways: [6] [ self-published source? ]

  1. raising awareness about extreme poverty in Australia to educate and inspire;
  2. fundraising to work with local organizations which directly tackle poverty oveseas; and
  3. Influence policy change at the highest levels of the Australian Government.

As of October 2013, Oaktree has an office in every Australian state and Australian Capital Territory . With 125,000 supporters and 350 volunteer staff at December 31, 2011, Oaktree generated A $ 1.76 million in revenue . [6] [7]

International development projects

Oaktree supports the following international aid and development: [6]

  1. Cambodia : Beacon’s School Initiative by redeveloping school environments to better follow the climate and culture
  2. East Timor : Youth Livelihoods in the Aileu Districts
  3. East Timor: Youth Empowerment Building Peacebuilding and Peacebuilding
  4. South Africa : HIV / AIDS Peer Mentorship Scheme that aims to reduce the incidence of HIV infection among high school aged in the province of KwaZulu Natal
  5. Papua New Guinea : Men and Women’s Vocational Training Project that works to address issues of gender inequality, youth unemployment, low literacy rates and Lack of vocational training in Port Moresby
  6. Papua New Guinea: Yangis Community School Teacher Training to give people a better education in Yangis

National programs

Oaktree runs educational programs that aims at transforming Australians into effective agents of change.

Live Below the Line , run by Oaktree and the Global Poverty Project , is a 5-day extreme poverty awareness and fundraising campaign. The campaign encourages members of the general public in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom to develop a better understanding of the daily challenges faced by 1.4  billion people experiencing extreme poverty. For each of the participants, the participants are encouraged to limit their food expenses to the equivalent of the extreme poverty line, set at US $ 1.25. The participants use their daily experiences to bring about extreme poverty to the awareness of others. [8] During 2011, this program generated A $ 1.4 million from 6,518 participants.

Other smaller programs include Generate and Schools 4 Schools Focused on advocacy and peer-to-peer education respectivement.

In 2009, Oaktree Claimed That, together with World Vision and other advocacy groups, Their advocacy via the End Child Slavery campaign Contributed to an announcement by Cadbury Australia That It will change icts ranks milk chocolate to fair trade sources. [9]

Make Poverty History concert

The Make Poverty History Concert was the brainchild of Daniel Adams from the Oaktree Foundation. He, along with Hugh Evans , John Connor (formally of World Vision), Emeli Paulo of the Reach Foundation and a team of volunteers from the Oaktree Foundation, organized the event on behalf of the Make Poverty History Coalition in Australia. citation needed ] Small performances were also held in the Victorian cities of Geelong and Ballarat . citation needed ] The Purpose of Make Poverty History Make Poverty Historycampaign. Another aim of the concert is to encourage the G20 to make policies that are equitable for developing countries . quote needed ]

The concert was held by Dan Adams, Hugh Evans, Emeli Paulo, and John Connor at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne , Australia . The concert was timed to coincide with the G20 Summit which was being hosted by Australian Treasurer, Peter Costello . The aim of the event is to increase awareness of the importance of poverty and to reduce poverty. The concert was free to attend, as the focus of the concert was to raise money, but to raise awareness among the Australian public, particularly the younger generation. quote needed ]

Chief Executive Officers

name Term
Sashenka Worsman 2017-present
Chris Wallace 2014-2017
Viv Benjamin [10] 2012-2014
Tom O’Connor 2009-2012
David Toovey 2008-2009
Hugh Evans [1] 2003-2008


  1. ^ Jump up to:c Farouque, Farah (15 March 2008). “Out to change the world” . The Age . Australia . Retrieved October 2011 . Check date values ​​in: ( help) |access-date=
  2. Jump up^ “Historical details for ABN: 39 129 680 584” . ABN lookup . Commonwealth of Australia . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ “National Names Index” . Australian Securities and Investments Commission . Commonwealth of Australia. February 13, 2008 . Retrieved 2 June 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ “Consolidated financial report for the year ended 31 December 2013″(PDF) . Oaktree. April 30, 2014. p. 1 . Retrieved 29 October 2014 .
  5. Jump up^ “Our Work Overseas” . Oaktree Foundation . The Oaktree Foundation. 2012 . Retrieved 2 June 2012 . [ self-published source? ]
  6. ^ Jump up to:c “Annual Report 2011” (PDF) . The Oak Tree Foundation Australia. 31 December 2011 . Retrieved 13 October 2012 . self-published source? ]
  7. Jump up^ “Consolidated financial report for the year ended 31 December 2011″(PDF) . The Oaktree Foundation Australia. May 19, 2012. p. 1 . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ Gould, Janie (May 2011). “Live below the line” . Heywire . Australia: ABC . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  9. Jump up^ “Oaktree and Cadbury World Vision Claim Fairtrade Victory” . Pro Bono News . Australia. 31 August 2009 . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  10. Jump up^ West, Andrew (29 August 2012). “New CEO for the Oaktree Foundation”(transcript) . Religion and Ethics Report . Australia: ABC National Radio . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .

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