Author: Sarah Tansey, HRFN and Anna Koob, Foundation Center
Today we launch our latest findings on our interactive research hub. With multiple analyses and five full years of data under our belt, we are able to explore trends in human rights grantmaking for the first time. What did we find?
Author: Rachel Thomas, HRFN, and Anna Koob, Foundation Center
Having recently released our first ever trends analysis, we have taken the opportunity to reflect critically about the way we’ve collected, analyzed, and presented the data since we began this work in 2010. It’s an opportunity to pose a question that implicates all of us: What can we do better?
Author: Meerim Ilyas, Amber Moulton, and Salote Soqo
In February, in San Francisco, a group of funders gathered for a day-long discussion of funding trends in human rights. The discussion offered opportunities for a deeper dive into funding shifts, what they mean and what we, as funders, can do to advocate for funding growth where it’s needed. Those of us who use a human rights framework to fund environmental and climate justice pondered over the data presented: What does it mean to fund an issue that is highly intersectional, not always defined as human rights-related, and heavily dependent on larger foundations?
Author: Maíra Junqueira, Brazil Human Rights Fund
Data from the Advancing Human Rights initiative gives us at the Brazil Human Rights Fund a better understanding of where Brazil is situated in the context of global human rights philanthropy. This knowledge helps us to be more strategic in our work as we consider how to best support civil society organizations and develop domestic philanthropy to promote human rights in Brazil.
Author: Laia Griñó, Foundation Center
In a field where data can pose real risks, some might feel that this openness is ill-advised. Yet transparency and data protection need not be at odds. By operating from a framework of responsible data, funders can simultaneously protect the privacy and security of grantees and contribute to making the human rights field more transparent, accountable, and effective.
Author: Augusta Hagen-Dillon, Prospera
As a hub of women’s funds, one of Prospera’s roles is to identify the trends, opportunities, and challenges our members face in fundraising for and conducting their grantmaking. The Advancing Human Rights initiative offers a unique opportunity for us to learn about the state of human rights funding and place the work of women’s funds within this broader context. Prospera completed a parallel five-year trends report of women’s funds. With both of these tools in hand, we can deepen our understanding of the funding landscape and begin to address key questions that inform our collective work.
Author: Anna Koob and Inga Ingulfsen, Foundation Center
Much has been made of the commitment to human rights principles reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals covering a range of social and economic issues to guide the global development agenda through 2030. Rooted in a promise “to leave no one behind” and seeking to “envisage a world of universal respect for human rights”, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development hits all the right rhetorical notes in terms of communicating a commitment to human rights principles. As collectors and purveyors of data about global philanthropy through our work at Foundation Center, we take a couple of points for follow-up from the 2030 Agenda’s stated goal of “[realizing] the human rights of all”, specifically: 1) How does funding aligned with the SDGs overlap with funding that we’ve identified as supporting human rights? 2) To what extent have human rights funders and advocates succeeded in leveraging the SDGs to mobilize support and resources, in particular for those populations that have traditionally been left behind?
Author: David Sampson, The Baring Foundation
The Advancing Human Rights initiative is a welcome reminder that we have colleagues all over the world doing similar work. We know that what works in Buenos Aires may not work in Liverpool, but we can all learn from each other’s successes and challenges. Advancing Human Rights is a unique platform for understanding our combined decisions on strategy and funding flows; the release of new data always gives us pause to reflect on our work and our community of practice. The latest findings provided some surprising results and lots of food for thought. Here are my top three for Western Europe:
Author: Lorena Klos, Ariadne
As human rights foundations strive to solve complex societal issues around the world through their grantmaking, analyzing data might just be the missing piece of the puzzle in improving funding practices, at the both individual and collective levels. Data allow foundation staff and individual grantmakers to gain insight into what is working, where improvements are needed, and where they fit within the field of human rights philanthropy in order to produce a greater impact.