7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$186.6 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
1,610 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $48.9 M
  2. Ford Foundation $21.3 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $21.0 M
  4. The JPB Foundation $14.3 M
  5. EEA and Norway Grants $13.9 M
  6. NEO Philanthropy $6.2 M
  7. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $6.0 M
  8. The James Irvine Foundation $5.8 M
  9. Carnegie Corporation of New York $5.4 M
  10. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.4 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.2 M
  12. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.2 M
  13. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.0 M
  14. American Jewish World Service $2.7 M
  15. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $2.6 M
  16. Hivos $2.3 M
  17. NoVo Foundation $2.3 M
  18. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $2.1 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.8 M
  20. King Baudouin Foundation United States $1.8 M
  21. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.8 M
  22. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $1.5 M
  23. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.3 M
  24. The Oak Foundation $1.3 M
  25. Unbound Philanthropy $1.3 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

14%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$541.0 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
1,937 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. United States $118.2 M
  2. Sweden $85.7 M
  3. Germany $61.0 M
  4. European Union Institutions $54.7 M
  5. Norway $48.3 M
  6. United Kingdom $45.9 M
  7. Denmark $42.9 M
  8. Canada $19.4 M
  9. Finland $15.5 M
  10. Australia $10.5 M
  11. Spain $7.3 M
  12. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $5.2 M
  13. Belgium $4.7 M
  14. Switzerland $4.3 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.8 M
  16. Ireland $2.9 M
  17. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.5 M
  18. Italy $1.7 M
  19. Netherlands $1.4 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.3 M
  21. Poland $1.2 M
  22. Austria $754.0 K
  23. Estonia $359.6 K
  24. France $277.4 K
  25. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $269.2 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$15,984,254 (9%)
149 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$3,613,758 (2%)
38 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$26,715,672 (14%)
331 Grants (21%)

Global Programs

$6,149,671 (3%)
24 Grants (1%)

Latin America & Mexico

$15,539,566 (8%)
115 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$14,109,404 (8%)
134 Grants (8%)

North America

$83,198,340 (45%)
558 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$21,204,351 (11%)
213 Grants (13%)

Western Europe

$10,425,590 (6%)
73 Grants (5%)

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.