Support from grantmakers represents an essential component of Oxfam America’s impact on poverty and social injustice around the world. Together with our funding partners, we bring a unique value to international development work through transformative programs and advocacy campaigns that enable poor people to exercise their rights and build sustainable ways of earning a living.
The most useful grants are unrestricted and allow us to use the funding where it is needed most. Grants can also be restricted for specific programs, themes, or geographic areas.
Oxfam’s approach is about tackling the conditions that cause poverty in the first place, rather than the distribution of material goods. We start by asking questions and challenging assumptions. What are the root causes of poverty? What can we do to change the power dynamics that keep people poor? These questions inform the four categories into which our work falls:
- Saving lives: Oxfam assists the poorest communities when disaster strikes, but is also working to ensure greater local resilience and the capacity of local responders and governments to deliver disaster response.
- Programs to overcome poverty and injustice: Oxfam invests in programs to help people assert their rights so that they can improve their lives.
- Campaigning for social justice: Oxfam works to change the laws and practices that keep people trapped in poverty.
- Public education: As part of our efforts to overcome poverty, Oxfam works to change the way people think about poverty and its causes.
Frequently asked questions
How can I obtain a copy of Oxfam America's IRS determination letter?
Because we are a 501(c)(3) public charity, all grants are tax deductible. Our EIN/tax ID number is 23-7069110. Oxfam America's IRS determination letter is available online.
How can I make a grant to support Oxfam America?
Grantmakers should send an email to [email protected] or call (617) 728-2570. Please send all donations to:
Attn: Institutional Support
226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
How can my organization apply for a grant from Oxfam America?
Oxfam America makes small targeted grants to local community organizations in the regions in which we work to help overcome poverty and suffering. However, we are not a foundation.
Does Oxfam America accept US government funding?
No, Oxfam America does not use US government funds or other sources that might limit our independence or restrict our ability to speak out against policies with which we don’t agree.
How can I get more information about Oxfam America's work?
Please direct all inquiries to [email protected]. If you are from a corporation or a corporate foundation, please see our corporate partnerships page.
Please visit the financial information section for a copy of our annual report, Form 990, or 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter. Browse our annual reports section for Oxfam America's annual reports from 1999 to 2007 (available as PDFs).