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.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$98.4 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this 5%
64% Voting Rights
36% Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $21.33 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $13.73 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $9.92 M
  4. Tides Foundation $6.72 M
  5. NEO Philanthropy $5.44 M
  6. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.28 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.97 M
  8. The Atlantic Philanthropies $3.48 M
  9. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.35 M
  10. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.08 M
  11. NoVo Foundation $3.00 M
  12. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.54 M
  13. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $2.00 M
  14. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1.85 M
  15. Comic Relief UK $1.47 M
  16. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.40 M
  17. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.00 M
  18. The Needmor Fund $0.94 M
  19. The California Endowment $0.93 M
  20. Stoneman Family Foundation $0.70 M
  21. The Joyce Foundation $0.61 M
  22. Proteus Fund $0.59 M
  23. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.53 M
  24. The San Francisco Foundation $0.51 M
  25. The Bauman Foundation $0.43 M
  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

Top Funders

  1. United States $277.96 M
  2. Sweden $94.46 M
  3. United Kingdom $35.42 M
  4. European Union Institutions $34.59 M
  5. Norway $32.65 M
  6. Denmark $32.41 M
  7. Japan $28.26 M
  8. Germany $27.80 M
  9. Canada $22.62 M
  10. Netherlands $13.85 M
  11. Spain $11.46 M
  12. Finland $10.08 M
  13. Australia $8.30 M
  14. Switzerland $7.92 M
  15. Ireland $7.74 M
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $5.28 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $5.13 M
  18. International Development Association $4.16 M
  19. Belgium $1.39 M
  20. Italy $1.39 M
  21. France $0.87 M
  22. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $0.34 M
  23. Austria $0.15 M
  24. New Zealand $0.14 M
  25. Luxembourg $0.14 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

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%)

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

$69,872,881 (71%)
499 Grants (61%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$53,047,570 (54%)
365 Grants (45%)

Migrants & Refugees

$24,885,530 (25%)
177 Grants (22%)

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

  • Ford Foundation supported Advancement Project in the USA to mobilize a broad national racial justice movement to eliminate barriers to political participation.
  • UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality supported International Women's Rights Action Watch in 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.

Case Studies