How do we track human rights funding from foundations?

We track human rights funding from foundations by collecting and analyzing their grants data. Each year we ask the foundations in the HRFN, Ariadne, and Prospera networks to share their grants lists with us using this template as a guide, especially these details:

• grantee name and location
• grant total and time frame
• geographic area served (including countries and cities where possible)
• grant description (including issues addressed, populations served, and funding strategies used)

Using coding and key words, we map the grants data that meet our definition of human rights grantmaking to the human rights issues, populations, and funding strategies we track. Much of the coding is done through an automated process, which we then review for accuracy. Some funders prefer to code their grants data themselves based on our research taxonomy - which we always appreciate!

Beyond our networks, our search strategies also capture grants in Foundation Center's broader data set from foundations that may not identify as human rights funders but are doing rights-related work. This provides a more robust picture of the funding landscape for human rights.