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.

11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$264.1 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $22.90 M
  2. Ford Foundation $20.10 M
  3. Public Welfare Foundation $14.88 M
  4. Comic Relief $12.51 M
  5. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $12.16 M
  6. Arcus Foundation $11.94 M
  7. Big Lottery Fund $7.18 M
  8. Oak Foundation $6.58 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $6.52 M
  10. Tides Foundation $6.52 M
  11. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.46 M
  12. Gill Foundation $5.60 M
  13. Foundation to Promote Open Society $4.92 M
  14. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $4.19 M
  15. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $4.11 M
  16. New Israel Foundation $3.49 M
  17. Foundation for a Just Society $3.48 M
  18. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation $3.33 M
  19. Bridge House Estates $2.88 M
  20. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.84 M
  21. NoVo Foundation $2.80 M
  22. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.78 M
  23. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $2.76 M
  24. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $2.70 M
  25. EEA and Norway Grants $2.48 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$432.8 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $60.01 M
  2. European Union Institutions $53.23 M
  3. United Kingdom $52.95 M
  4. Norway $40.38 M
  5. Denmark $33.45 M
  6. Netherlands $32.75 M
  7. Australia $23.47 M
  8. Spain $20.79 M
  9. Germany $20.77 M
  10. Belgium $14.40 M
  11. Switzerland $10.81 M
  12. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $9.58 M
  13. United States $6.22 M
  14. Finland $6.13 M
  15. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $5.83 M
  16. Ireland $5.63 M
  17. Italy $5.52 M
  18. Canada $5.50 M
  19. Korea $5.35 M
  20. France $3.88 M
  21. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $3.84 M
  22. International Labour Organisation $3.54 M
  23. Austria $2.51 M
  24. Japan $2.42 M
  25. Iceland $0.58 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$8,739,795 (3%)
245 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$2,288,638 (1%)
26 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$9,273,505 (4%)
227 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$22,898,416 (9%)
146 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,050,205 (3%)
151 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$8,392,627 (3%)
181 Grants (6%)

North America

$134,670,357 (51%)
1,592 Grants (50%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$19,675,620 (7%)
308 Grants (10%)

Western Europe

$32,359,988 (12%)
324 Grants (10%)

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

$73,853,717 (28%)
686 Grants (22%)

Women & Girls

$49,614,877 (19%)
950 Grants (30%)

LGBTIQ

$35,428,912 (13%)
650 Grants (20%)

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

$74,939,388 (28%)
1,060 Grants (33%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$24,825,776 (9%)
397 Grants (12%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$20,517,636 (8%)
362 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

  • 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