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

$177.6 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this 7%
91% Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association
9% Voting Rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $36.52 M
  2. Foundation to Promote Open Society $19.35 M
  3. Ford Foundation $13.79 M
  4. Nationale Postcode Loterij $11.10 M
  5. NEO Philanthropy $7.18 M
  6. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $6.75 M
  7. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $6.72 M
  8. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $5.33 M
  9. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.18 M
  10. Carnegie Corporation of New York $4.65 M
  11. Comic Relief $4.35 M
  12. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $4.30 M
  13. Tides Foundation $3.76 M
  14. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.34 M
  15. The James Irvine Foundation $3.25 M
  16. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $3.00 M
  17. Oak Foundation $2.87 M
  18. New Israel Foundation $2.47 M
  19. EEA and Norway Grants $2.16 M
  20. Unbound Philanthropy $2.08 M
  21. Humanity United $1.74 M
  22. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $1.68 M
  23. The Comcast Foundation $1.54 M
  24. California Community Foundation $1.53 M
  25. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.51 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$427.7 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $101.76 M
  2. Sweden $63.57 M
  3. United Kingdom $45.90 M
  4. European Union Institutions $41.47 M
  5. Denmark $40.99 M
  6. Germany $33.91 M
  7. Norway $32.76 M
  8. Finland $17.44 M
  9. Australia $8.40 M
  10. Canada $7.94 M
  11. Ireland $7.15 M
  12. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $5.54 M
  13. Spain $4.15 M
  14. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.82 M
  15. Belgium $2.92 M
  16. International Labour Organisation $2.35 M
  17. Switzerland $2.19 M
  18. Netherlands $1.72 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.18 M
  20. France $0.82 M
  21. Italy $0.42 M
  22. Estonia $0.40 M
  23. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $0.27 M
  24. Slovak Republic $0.19 M
  25. Poland $0.13 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$13,049,049 (7%)
172 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$1,483,455 (1%)
27 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$8,881,301 (5%)
221 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$23,921,672 (13%)
61 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$9,036,991 (5%)
108 Grants (6%)

Middle East & North Africa

$11,892,375 (7%)
108 Grants (6%)

North America

$82,494,762 (46%)
755 Grants (43%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$19,691,118 (11%)
236 Grants (14%)

Western Europe

$9,368,666 (5%)
69 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

$33,133,626 (19%)
365 Grants (21%)

Migrants & Refugees

$21,629,101 (12%)
187 Grants (11%)

Children & Youth

$17,902,534 (10%)
273 Grants (16%)

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

$63,470,142 (36%)
762 Grants (44%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$32,107,126 (18%)
321 Grants (18%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$29,362,817 (17%)
380 Grants (22%)

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