Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

Supporting the right to equal treatment, self-determination, and freedom from discrimination, especially as concerns the rights of marginalized individuals and groups.

10%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$279.2 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $41.32 M
  2. Ford Foundation $25.85 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $20.03 M
  4. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $14.08 M
  5. Fundación ONCE $11.04 M
  6. Arcus Foundation $8.42 M
  7. EEA and Norway Grants $8.25 M
  8. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $7.28 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $6.68 M
  10. The Wal-Mart Foundation $6.61 M
  11. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation $5.89 M
  12. Public Welfare Foundation $5.34 M
  13. The Oak Foundation $5.21 M
  14. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $4.90 M
  15. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $4.62 M
  16. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation $4.30 M
  17. Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta $4.18 M
  18. Cordaid $4.17 M
  19. NoVo Foundation $4.09 M
  20. American Jewish World Service $3.64 M
  21. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $3.61 M
  22. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.29 M
  23. Fundacja Batorego $2.88 M
  24. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.81 M
  25. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation $2.80 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$448.3 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $72.32 M
  2. Norway $58.72 M
  3. Netherlands $50.67 M
  4. European Union Institutions $48.71 M
  5. United Kingdom $32.70 M
  6. Germany $26.66 M
  7. Spain $22.76 M
  8. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $21.64 M
  9. Australia $18.20 M
  10. Canada $13.41 M
  11. Switzerland $9.52 M
  12. Denmark $9.35 M
  13. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $7.17 M
  14. Italy $7.14 M
  15. Belgium $6.97 M
  16. United States $6.44 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $6.43 M
  18. Finland $5.65 M
  19. Korea $5.50 M
  20. Ireland $4.61 M
  21. International Development Association $3.01 M
  22. France $2.94 M
  23. Austria $2.52 M
  24. Luxembourg $1.23 M
  25. Japan $0.94 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$12,836,604 (5%)
341 Grants (11%)

Caribbean

$1,131,681 (0%)
32 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$14,583,531 (5%)
295 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$44,235,884 (16%)
122 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$11,120,955 (4%)
211 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,625,064 (3%)
136 Grants (4%)

North America

$137,211,914 (49%)
1,320 Grants (42%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$16,994,595 (6%)
345 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$34,344,006 (12%)
374 Grants (12%)

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

Children & Youth

$77,963,677 (28%)
634 Grants (20%)

Women & Girls

$50,846,959 (18%)
879 Grants (28%)

People with Disabilities

$28,078,755 (10%)
455 Grants (15%)

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

$59,758,118 (21%)
674 Grants (22%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$34,010,669 (12%)
349 Grants (11%)

Arts and Culture

$21,408,676 (8%)
243 Grants (8%)

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

  • Arcus Foundation supported the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in the USA to build a global network to combat anti-LGBT bias and violence in schools.
  • The ExxonMobil Foundation supported Friends of Saint Francis Xavier University in Canada for the Developing the Next Generation program, which helps Canadian First Nation, Metis and Inuit women create change in their communities.

Case Studies