Where Do Human Rights Grants Go?

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Human Rights
Grantmaking

780 foundations in 46 countries made
22,900 grants totaling $2.4 Billion in 2015

North America
$1,017 Million (M)

$136.2 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.420522101054% of Region Total

$134.7 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.420522101054% of Region Total

$116.7 M
Social and Cultural Rights
0.420522101054% of Region Total

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Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia
$76 Million (M)

$21.8 M
Freedom from Violence
0.031286238046915% of Region Total

$9.3 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.031286238046915% of Region Total

$8.9 M
Civic and Political Participation
0.031286238046915% of Region Total

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Global Programs
$412 Million (M)

$74.7 M
Human Rights, General
0.17018799901004% of Region Total

$55.8 M
Freedom from Violence
0.17018799901004% of Region Total

$48.6 M
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
0.17018799901004% of Region Total

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Middle East & North Africa
$76 Million (M)

$15.3 M
Freedom from Violence
0.031277383713937% of Region Total

$13.9 M
Social and Cultural Rights
0.031277383713937% of Region Total

$11.9 M
Civic and Political Participation
0.031277383713937% of Region Total

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Asia & Pacific
$166 Million (M)

$42.2 M
Freedom from Violence
0.068482896929866% of Region Total

$23.0 M
Social and Cultural Rights
0.068482896929866% of Region Total

$15.0 M
Environmental and Resource Rights
0.068482896929866% of Region Total

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Sub-Saharan Africa
$288 Million (M)

$58.1 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.11901140414483% of Region Total

$55.7 M
Freedom from Violence
0.11901140414483% of Region Total

$33.4 M
Social and Cultural Rights
0.11901140414483% of Region Total

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Latin America & Mexico
$115 Million (M)

$19.8 M
Environmental and Resource Rights
0.047535234615957% of Region Total

$15.8 M
Freedom from Violence
0.047535234615957% of Region Total

$13.5 M
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
0.047535234615957% of Region Total

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Caribbean
$19 Million (M)

$4.8 M
Freedom from Violence
0.0076791547688712% of Region Total

$2.4 M
Expression and Information Rights
0.0076791547688712% of Region Total

$2.3 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
0.0076791547688712% of Region Total

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Western Europe
$286 Million (M)

$47.9 M
Freedom from Violence
0.11822363349076% of Region Total

$47.4 M
Health and Well-being Rights
0.11822363349076% of Region Total

$41.1 M
Economic and Labor Rights
0.11822363349076% 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: $114 Million
Grants: 1,070

Civic and Political Participation

Amount: $177.6 Million
Grants: 1,747

Economic and Labor Rights

Amount: $140.4 Million
Grants: 1,267

Environmental and Resource Rights

Amount: $196.9 Million
Grants: 2,656

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

Amount: $264.1 Million
Grants: 3,188

Expression and Information Rights

Amount: $103.2 Million
Grants: 1,063

Freedom from Violence

Amount: $282.3 Million
Grants: 2,805

Health and Well-being Rights

Amount: $314.6 Million
Grants: 2,187

Human Rights, General

Amount: $233.3 Million
Grants: 1,744

Migration and Displacement

Amount: $126.3 Million
Grants: 1,037

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Amount: $179.8 Million
Grants: 1,046

Social and Cultural Rights

Amount: $234.9 Million
Grants: 2,427

Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Amount: $51.6 Million
Grants: 656

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

37% of Grant Dollars
45% of Grants

Arts and Culture

3% of Grant Dollars
6% of Grants

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

14% of Grant Dollars
16% of Grants

Coalition-building and Collaboration

9% of Grant Dollars
12% of Grants

Grassroots Organizing

4% of Grant Dollars
6% of Grants

Media and Technology

7% of Grant Dollars
9% of Grants

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

8% of Grant Dollars
12% of Grants

Research and Documentation

8% of Grant Dollars
7% of Grants

Scholarships and Travel

<1% of Grant Dollars
2% 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 Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) 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.