5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$98.4 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
816 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $21.3 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $13.7 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $9.9 M
  4. Tides Foundation $6.7 M
  5. NEO Philanthropy $5.4 M
  6. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.3 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $4.0 M
  8. The Atlantic Philanthropies $3.5 M
  9. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.4 M
  10. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.1 M
  11. NoVo Foundation $3.0 M
  12. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.5 M
  13. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $2.0 M
  14. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1.8 M
  15. Comic Relief UK $1.5 M
  16. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.4 M
  17. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.0 M
  18. The Needmor Fund $940.0 K
  19. The California Endowment $931.9 K
  20. Stoneman Family Foundation $695.0 K
  21. The Joyce Foundation $605.0 K
  22. Proteus Fund $588.7 K
  23. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $525.0 K
  24. The San Francisco Foundation $510.0 K
  25. The Bauman Foundation $426.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$664.6 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
1,937 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. United States $278.0 M
  2. Sweden $94.5 M
  3. United Kingdom $35.4 M
  4. European Union Institutions $34.6 M
  5. Norway $32.7 M
  6. Denmark $32.4 M
  7. Japan $28.3 M
  8. Germany $27.8 M
  9. Canada $22.6 M
  10. Netherlands $13.8 M
  11. Spain $11.5 M
  12. Finland $10.1 M
  13. Australia $8.3 M
  14. Switzerland $7.9 M
  15. Ireland $7.7 M
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $5.3 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $5.1 M
  18. International Development Association $4.2 M
  19. Belgium $1.4 M
  20. Italy $1.4 M
  21. France $865.0 K
  22. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $336.9 K
  23. Austria $148.5 K
  24. New Zealand $143.0 K
  25. Luxembourg $137.8 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$3,008,119 (3%)
40 Grants (5%)

Caribbean

$1,645,000 (2%)
5 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$3,116,253 (3%)
46 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$1,890,913 (2%)
7 Grants (1%)

Latin America & Mexico

$2,795,531 (3%)
37 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,965,687 (3%)
23 Grants (3%)

North America

$75,370,534 (77%)
597 Grants (73%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$7,717,203 (8%)
57 Grants (7%)

Western Europe

$380,751 (0%)
6 Grants (1%)

Region totals include both foundation grants directly to recipients based in the region specified and foundation grants to recipients located in other regions to do work benefiting the region specified. Grants may mention more than one region of benefit and therefore be counted in more than one category.

Foundation Funding by Population

Population totals include foundation funding that could be identified as meant to benefit a specific group. Grants may serve multiple populations and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Ford Foundation
    Advancement Project (United States)
    To mobilize a broad national racial justice movement to eliminate barriers to political participation.
  • UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality
    International Women's Rights Action Watch (Malaysia)
    To train the next generation of young women leaders to translate the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) into domestic legal frameworks and promote gender-equal societies in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.