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.

2%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$36.1 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 2%
56% Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association
44% Voting Rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $6.05 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $4.14 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $3.45 M
  4. NoVo Foundation $3.00 M
  5. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.86 M
  6. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $1.75 M
  7. Hivos $1.03 M
  8. The California Endowment $1.00 M
  9. The Atlantic Philanthropies $0.95 M
  10. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $0.81 M
  11. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.73 M
  12. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $0.72 M
  13. Wallace H. Coulter Trust $0.65 M
  14. Public Welfare Foundation $0.63 M
  15. The James Irvine Foundation $0.59 M
  16. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $0.58 M
  17. The Pershing Square Foundation $0.50 M
  18. Public Interest Projects $0.48 M
  19. Carnegie Corporation of New York $0.42 M
  20. The Skillman Foundation $0.42 M
  21. The San Francisco Foundation $0.38 M
  22. Bauman Family Foundation $0.31 M
  23. The Denver Foundation $0.25 M
  24. Humanity United $0.25 M
  25. The Joyce Foundation $0.25 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

16%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$555.6 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $251.21 M
  2. Norway $53.47 M
  3. Sweden $52.37 M
  4. Canada $32.07 M
  5. European Union Institutions $28.98 M
  6. United Kingdom $24.02 M
  7. Denmark $23.13 M
  8. Ireland $18.26 M
  9. Spain $17.85 M
  10. Germany $15.21 M
  11. Finland $10.35 M
  12. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $9.30 M
  13. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $5.70 M
  14. Netherlands $4.40 M
  15. Switzerland $3.35 M
  16. International Development Association $2.74 M
  17. Italy $1.07 M
  18. France $0.66 M
  19. Australia $0.38 M
  20. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $0.36 M
  21. Portugal $0.20 M
  22. Austria $0.13 M
  23. New Zealand $0.12 M
  24. Belgium $0.09 M
  25. Iceland $0.05 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$932,311 (3%)
12 Grants (4%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,238,711 (6%)
32 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$268,567 (1%)
2 Grants (1%)

Latin America & Mexico

$849,371 (2%)
10 Grants (3%)

Middle East & North Africa

$899,214 (2%)
16 Grants (5%)

North America

$28,615,735 (79%)
191 Grants (65%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$2,648,194 (7%)
29 Grants (10%)

Western Europe

$47,577 (0%)
3 Grants (1%)

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

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$25,584,323 (71%)
165 Grants (56%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$21,864,519 (61%)
133 Grants (45%)

Migrants & Refugees

$8,511,450 (24%)
67 Grants (23%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Surdna Foundation gave to New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice in the USA to expand democracy for low-income communities of color engaged in the reconstruction of New Orleans and to increase civic participation in unemployed and under-employed communities.
  • Humanity United gave to Human Rights Watch in the USA to open a field office in Kinshasa in order to monitor the electoral process and associated human rights violations.

Case Studies