27%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$453.4 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
4,667 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $71.3 M
  2. Ford Foundation $47.9 M
  3. Anonymous $24.0 M
  4. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $17.3 M
  5. The Atlantic Philanthropies $14.4 M
  6. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $13.0 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $11.2 M
  8. Cordaid $9.8 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $9.1 M
  10. National Endowment for Democracy $8.7 M
  11. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $7.6 M
  12. Arcus Foundation $7.6 M
  13. Hivos $7.6 M
  14. The Rockefeller Foundation $6.6 M
  15. Tides Foundation $6.4 M
  16. Nationale Postcode Loterij $5.8 M
  17. NoVo Foundation $5.7 M
  18. The California Endowment $5.4 M
  19. Lear Family Foundation $5.4 M
  20. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation $5.3 M
  21. Public Interest Projects $4.6 M
  22. The Global Fund for Women $4.5 M
  23. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $4.4 M
  24. Carnegie Corporation of New York $4.1 M
  25. The Gill Foundation $3.8 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$408.0 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights
2,204 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Spain $71.9 M
  2. Netherlands $54.8 M
  3. Sweden $50.8 M
  4. Norway $44.0 M
  5. European Union Institutions $36.8 M
  6. Germany $26.9 M
  7. Denmark $23.3 M
  8. Australia $14.3 M
  9. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $10.8 M
  10. United Kingdom $9.6 M
  11. Canada $9.3 M
  12. Belgium $9.3 M
  13. Italy $6.8 M
  14. Switzerland $6.6 M
  15. Japan $6.6 M
  16. Austria $6.4 M
  17. United States $5.0 M
  18. Finland $4.7 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $2.5 M
  20. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $1.9 M
  21. France $1.4 M
  22. Luxembourg $1.3 M
  23. Korea $804.0 K
  24. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $642.7 K
  25. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $405.2 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2011 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$26,594,740 (6%)
392 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$1,593,589 (0%)
37 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$23,067,009 (5%)
282 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$44,153,800 (10%)
262 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$32,163,389 (7%)
426 Grants (9%)

Middle East & North Africa

$20,884,869 (5%)
257 Grants (6%)

North America

$233,916,899 (52%)
2,277 Grants (49%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$52,526,587 (12%)
553 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$43,828,101 (10%)
292 Grants (6%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Ford Foundation
    Indigenous Culture Center of Peru
    To build the capacity of indigenous networks in Peru, to promote the human rights of indigenous peoples, to map indigenous movements in five countries, and to identify indigenous youth pursuing higher education.
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
    Genio (Ireland)
    To improve access and quality of services for people with disabilities and to build leadership among civil society.