Where Do Human Rights Grants Go?

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Human Rights
Grantmaking

803 foundations in 46 countries made
20,300 grants totaling $2.3 Billion in 2013

Global Programs
$414 Million (M)

$136.4 M
Human Rights, General
0.17659400232399% of Region Total

$47.9 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.17659400232399% of Region Total

$47.3 M
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
0.17659400232399% of Region Total

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Asia & Pacific
$159 Million (M)

$24.0 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.067855309458432% of Region Total

$19.1 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.067855309458432% of Region Total

$18.9 M
Freedom from Violence
0.067855309458432% of Region Total

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Sub-Saharan Africa
$289 Million (M)

$48.8 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.123268304522% of Region Total

$44.9 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.123268304522% of Region Total

$44.4 M
Freedom from Violence
0.123268304522% of Region Total

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Western Europe
$258 Million (M)

$70.4 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.10999923749535% of Region Total

$54.8 M
Human Rights, General
0.10999923749535% of Region Total

$29.0 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.10999923749535% of Region Total

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North America
$961 Million (M)

$124.3 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.40970602328785% of Region Total

$111.1 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.40970602328785% of Region Total

$101.7 M
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
0.40970602328785% of Region Total

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Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia
$90 Million (M)

$15.7 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.038496560927035% of Region Total

$14.4 M
Freedom from Violence
0.038496560927035% of Region Total

$14.0 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.038496560927035% of Region Total

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Latin America & Mexico
$163 Million (M)

$24.5 M
Environmental and Resource Rights
0.069546186415357% of Region Total

$24.4 M
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
0.069546186415357% of Region Total

$16.9 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.069546186415357% of Region Total

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Middle East & North Africa
$73 Million (M)

$13.2 M
Human Rights, General
0.031188789524729% of Region Total

$11.6 M
Social and Cultural Rights
0.031188789524729% of Region Total

$9.4 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.031188789524729% of Region Total

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Caribbean
$15 Million (M)

$2.3 M
Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
0.0061974843513127% of Region Total

$1.6 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.0061974843513127% of Region Total

$1.6 M
Social and Cultural Rights
0.0061974843513127% of Region Total

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Human rights grantmaking empowers individuals, communities, and institutions to promote the protection and enjoyment of rights, including those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent human rights treaties.

What Do Human Rights Grants Support?

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Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law

Amount: $149.2 Million
Grants: 1,111

Civic and Political Participation

Amount: $163.2 Million
Grants: 1,530

Economic and Labor Rights

Amount: $149.4 Million
Grants: 1,360

Environmental and Resource Rights

Amount: $150.9 Million
Grants: 2,114

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

Amount: $343.5 Million
Grants: 3,827

Expression and Information Rights

Amount: $103.6 Million
Grants: 1,030

Freedom from Violence

Amount: $159.7 Million
Grants: 1,911

Health and Well-being Rights

Amount: $264 Million
Grants: 1,954

Human Rights, General

Amount: $309.2 Million
Grants: 1,465

Migration and Displacement

Amount: $135.5 Million
Grants: 1,136

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Amount: $212.2 Million
Grants: 926

Social and Cultural Rights

Amount: $164.8 Million
Grants: 1,504

Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Amount: $40.4 Million
Grants: 433

To advance human rights, we must start at the roots of social issues and inequality and work to change unjust structures and systems.

Human rights are intrinsic and belong to everyone. There are no exceptions based on religion, caste, gender, class, sexuality, geographic location or any other factor. They are interconnected, indivisible and intersectional.

What Strategies Do Human Rights Grants Support?

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Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

26% of Grant Dollars
23% of Grants

Arts and Culture

3% of Grant Dollars
5% of Grants

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

14% of Grant Dollars
14% of Grants

Coalition-building and Collaboration

5% of Grant Dollars
10% of Grants

Grassroots Organizing

2% of Grant Dollars
4% of Grants

Media and Technology

10% of Grant Dollars
12% of Grants

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

6% of Grant Dollars
10% of Grants

Research and Documentation

13% of Grant Dollars
11% of Grants

Scholarships and Travel

<1% of Grant Dollars
1% of Grants

Security and Resilience

<1% of Grant Dollars
<1% of Grants

It is hopeful and inspiring to not only see people rising up and demanding their own rights, but going beyond their immediate needs to look systematically at how what they are fighting for is tied to what others are fighting for elsewhere.

Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) have partnered on this first-ever examination of global human rights grantmaking, in collaboration with Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights and Prospera – the International Network of Women’s Funds. Our goal is to build understanding of the current landscape of foundation support for human rights and begin to track changes in its scale and priorities going forward. For those considering human rights-related grantmaking for the first time, this website offers an accessible introduction to the field.