Environmental and Resource Rights

Supporting the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. This includes the rights of indigenous, marginalized, or any other communities to the unspoiled natural resources that enable survival, including land, water, air, plants, animals, and energy; the right to share in and determine the distribution of lands, territories, and resources; and the right to protect these natural resources from overdevelopment, destruction, or adulteration.

8%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$196.9 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this 8%
86% Right to a Healthy Environment/Share in and Determine the Distribution of Lands, Territories, and Resources
6% Right to Water
5% Right to Own Property
3% Cooperative Rights/Sustainable Agriculture Rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $55.17 M
  2. Foundation For The Carolinas $28.23 M
  3. Tides Foundation $10.19 M
  4. Oak Foundation $7.48 M
  5. Global Greengrants Fund $6.90 M
  6. Ford Foundation $6.69 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $6.08 M
  8. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $4.41 M
  9. American Jewish World Service $3.58 M
  10. Comic Relief $3.57 M
  11. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $3.44 M
  12. The Kresge Foundation $3.23 M
  13. The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress $2.93 M
  14. Foundation to Promote Open Society $2.62 M
  15. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $2.29 M
  16. Robertson Foundation $2.00 M
  17. International Community Foundation $1.92 M
  18. Compton Foundation $1.84 M
  19. Dietel Partners $1.56 M
  20. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1.52 M
  21. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.51 M
  22. Fundación AVINA $1.46 M
  23. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $1.43 M
  24. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $1.34 M
  25. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.30 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

10%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$360.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $106.31 M
  2. Sweden $51.57 M
  3. Finland $35.58 M
  4. United States $30.78 M
  5. European Union Institutions $26.34 M
  6. Norway $22.31 M
  7. Switzerland $21.69 M
  8. United Kingdom $13.39 M
  9. Germany $12.81 M
  10. Spain $12.72 M
  11. Denmark $10.74 M
  12. Belgium $7.45 M
  13. Ireland $6.24 M
  14. Global Environment Facility $0.67 M
  15. Italy $0.66 M
  16. Netherlands $0.37 M
  17. Korea $0.25 M
  18. Inter-American Development Bank $0.18 M
  19. Australia $0.12 M
  20. Austria $0.11 M
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.08 M
  22. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $0.06 M
  23. OPEC Fund for International Development $0.04 M
  24. Hungary $0.01 M
  25. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$15,006,395 (8%)
577 Grants (22%)

Caribbean

$695,939 (0%)
33 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$920,352 (0%)
46 Grants (2%)

Global Programs

$48,529,663 (25%)
132 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$19,786,999 (10%)
681 Grants (26%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,388,899 (1%)
24 Grants (1%)

North America

$63,640,837 (32%)
626 Grants (24%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$20,510,459 (10%)
469 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$33,210,206 (17%)
101 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

Indigenous Peoples

$19,234,733 (10%)
533 Grants (20%)

Women & Girls

$16,743,861 (9%)
519 Grants (20%)

Children & Youth

$8,874,394 (5%)
327 Grants (12%)

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

$88,458,111 (45%)
1,354 Grants (51%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$21,046,407 (11%)
585 Grants (22%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$14,664,756 (7%)
290 Grants (11%)

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 Rockefeller Foundation supported Mary Robinson Foundation in Ireland for its efforts to leverage leadership of women and youth on climate justice while linking international policy on climate change and development.
  • Fundación Avina supported Associacao de Defesa Etnoambiental Kaninde in Brazil to halt deforestation, preserve biocultural diversity, and reduce poverty through the creation and strengthening of governance structure and local capacities in the Monde Kwahiba ethno-environmental corridor.

Case Studies