7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$163.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
1,530 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $69.6 M
  2. Ford Foundation $45.1 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $24.9 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $9.0 M
  5. The James Irvine Foundation $5.0 M
  6. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $4.5 M
  7. EEA and Norway Grants $4.3 M
  8. Hivos $3.7 M
  9. Marguerite Casey Foundation $3.6 M
  10. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.5 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.2 M
  12. Nationale Postcode Loterij $2.0 M
  13. Carnegie Corporation of New York $2.0 M
  14. American Jewish World Service $1.6 M
  15. Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund $1.5 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.5 M
  17. Omidyar Network Fund $1.5 M
  18. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1.4 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.3 M
  20. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $1.1 M
  21. The Bauman Foundation $1.1 M
  22. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.1 M
  23. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.0 M
  24. The JPB Foundation $1.0 M
  25. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $874.7 K
  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
1,816 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. United States $217.5 M
  2. Sweden $78.2 M
  3. Australia $53.4 M
  4. Germany $46.2 M
  5. Norway $43.7 M
  6. European Union Institutions $38.5 M
  7. United Kingdom $35.3 M
  8. Denmark $28.5 M
  9. Canada $15.4 M
  10. Spain $7.6 M
  11. Belgium $7.1 M
  12. Finland $6.8 M
  13. Switzerland $4.0 M
  14. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $2.9 M
  15. Ireland $1.8 M
  16. Italy $1.6 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.5 M
  18. International Development Association $1.1 M
  19. Netherlands $1.0 M
  20. France $1.0 M
  21. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $601.6 K
  22. Austria $443.2 K
  23. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $327.4 K
  24. Slovak Republic $265.8 K
  25. Czech Republic $250.5 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

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%)

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.

Foundation Funding by Strategy

Strategy totals include foundation funding that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. Grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

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