Civic and Political Participation

Supporting the right to peaceful assembly and association and full participation in the political process. This right promotes citizen political involvement, gaining access to public officials, and obtaining necessary information to make informed decisions at the polls and in daily public affairs.

7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$186.6 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 7%
79% Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association
21% Voting Rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $48.90 M
  2. Ford Foundation $21.33 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $21.04 M
  4. The JPB Foundation $14.35 M
  5. EEA and Norway Grants $13.94 M
  6. NEO Philanthropy $6.19 M
  7. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $5.98 M
  8. The James Irvine Foundation $5.79 M
  9. Carnegie Corporation of New York $5.39 M
  10. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.39 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.20 M
  12. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.17 M
  13. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $2.99 M
  14. American Jewish World Service $2.67 M
  15. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $2.59 M
  16. Hivos $2.26 M
  17. NoVo Foundation $2.25 M
  18. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $2.14 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.82 M
  20. King Baudouin Foundation United States $1.81 M
  21. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.79 M
  22. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $1.51 M
  23. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.30 M
  24. The Oak Foundation $1.28 M
  25. Unbound Philanthropy $1.26 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

14%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$541 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $118.21 M
  2. Sweden $85.67 M
  3. Germany $60.95 M
  4. European Union Institutions $54.74 M
  5. Norway $48.35 M
  6. United Kingdom $45.86 M
  7. Denmark $42.88 M
  8. Canada $19.44 M
  9. Finland $15.50 M
  10. Australia $10.51 M
  11. Spain $7.30 M
  12. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $5.16 M
  13. Belgium $4.69 M
  14. Switzerland $4.32 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.82 M
  16. Ireland $2.92 M
  17. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.47 M
  18. Italy $1.74 M
  19. Netherlands $1.39 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.33 M
  21. Poland $1.18 M
  22. Austria $0.75 M
  23. Estonia $0.36 M
  24. France $0.28 M
  25. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $0.27 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$15,984,254 (9%)
149 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$3,613,758 (2%)
38 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$26,715,672 (14%)
331 Grants (21%)

Global Programs

$6,149,671 (3%)
24 Grants (1%)

Latin America & Mexico

$15,539,566 (8%)
115 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$14,109,404 (8%)
134 Grants (8%)

North America

$83,198,340 (45%)
558 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$21,204,351 (11%)
213 Grants (13%)

Western Europe

$10,425,590 (6%)
73 Grants (5%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$26,385,058 (14%)
314 Grants (20%)

Migrants & Refugees

$21,634,194 (12%)
145 Grants (9%)

Children & Youth

$17,759,835 (10%)
166 Grants (10%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$86,691,442 (46%)
685 Grants (43%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$42,102,211 (23%)
345 Grants (21%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$25,288,403 (14%)
248 Grants (15%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • The Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund supported Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law in the USA to challenge voter suppression legislation, protect and enable full access to the vote, and advocate for systemic election reform.
  • Hivos supported Ibis Guatemala for work to rebuild a democratic state in Guatemala.

Case Studies