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

$163.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 7%
84% Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association
16% Voting Rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $69.61 M
  2. Ford Foundation $45.15 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $24.85 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $9.01 M
  5. The James Irvine Foundation $5.01 M
  6. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $4.55 M
  7. EEA and Norway Grants $4.33 M
  8. Hivos $3.68 M
  9. Marguerite Casey Foundation $3.61 M
  10. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.50 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.23 M
  12. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.99 M
  13. Carnegie Corporation of New York $1.98 M
  14. American Jewish World Service $1.64 M
  15. Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund $1.50 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.50 M
  17. Omidyar Network Fund $1.46 M
  18. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1.43 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.30 M
  20. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $1.14 M
  21. The Bauman Foundation $1.08 M
  22. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.07 M
  23. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.02 M
  24. The JPB Foundation $1.00 M
  25. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $0.87 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

16%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$595.3 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $217.53 M
  2. Sweden $78.22 M
  3. Australia $53.36 M
  4. Germany $46.22 M
  5. Norway $43.73 M
  6. European Union Institutions $38.47 M
  7. United Kingdom $35.28 M
  8. Denmark $28.46 M
  9. Canada $15.39 M
  10. Spain $7.62 M
  11. Belgium $7.09 M
  12. Finland $6.76 M
  13. Switzerland $4.01 M
  14. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $2.90 M
  15. Ireland $1.78 M
  16. Italy $1.55 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.51 M
  18. International Development Association $1.08 M
  19. Netherlands $1.04 M
  20. France $1.04 M
  21. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.60 M
  22. Austria $0.44 M
  23. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $0.33 M
  24. Slovak Republic $0.27 M
  25. Czech Republic $0.25 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$9,724,812 (6%)
152 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$1,321,431 (1%)
23 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$11,570,270 (7%)
200 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$14,708,974 (9%)
34 Grants (2%)

Latin America & Mexico

$10,728,020 (7%)
110 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,748,716 (3%)
63 Grants (4%)

North America

$94,458,435 (58%)
755 Grants (49%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$13,655,038 (8%)
164 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$5,426,013 (3%)
56 Grants (4%)

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

$22,372,563 (14%)
301 Grants (20%)

Migrants & Refugees

$21,261,966 (13%)
171 Grants (11%)

Children & Youth

$16,098,542 (10%)
208 Grants (14%)

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

$50,839,555 (31%)
457 Grants (30%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$33,668,199 (21%)
327 Grants (21%)

Research and Documentation

$27,455,016 (17%)
255 Grants (17%)

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