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.

24%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$436.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $83.80 M
  2. Ford Foundation $48.04 M
  3. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $37.84 M
  4. NoVo Foundation $30.64 M
  5. The Atlantic Philanthropies $26.58 M
  6. The Oak Foundation $14.92 M
  7. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $14.48 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $9.38 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $9.33 M
  10. Comic Relief UK $7.41 M
  11. Tides Foundation $7.24 M
  12. Hivos $6.78 M
  13. The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida $6.10 M
  14. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $5.98 M
  15. Arcus Foundation $5.95 M
  16. NIKE Foundation $5.80 M
  17. Nationale Postcode Loterij $5.76 M
  18. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.20 M
  19. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $5.09 M
  20. Gill Foundation $4.95 M
  21. ExxonMobil Foundation $4.51 M
  22. The California Endowment $4.08 M
  23. Marguerite Casey Foundation $3.79 M
  24. American Jewish World Service $3.54 M
  25. The Kresge Foundation $3.51 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

13%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$438.7 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $68.47 M
  2. Norway $52.06 M
  3. European Union Institutions $48.55 M
  4. Netherlands $45.86 M
  5. Germany $43.60 M
  6. Spain $34.42 M
  7. Denmark $27.61 M
  8. United Kingdom $26.83 M
  9. Australia $17.06 M
  10. Canada $12.81 M
  11. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $9.03 M
  12. Belgium $8.72 M
  13. Switzerland $8.45 M
  14. Ireland $7.46 M
  15. Finland $5.41 M
  16. Austria $4.21 M
  17. United States $3.79 M
  18. Italy $2.36 M
  19. Luxembourg $1.84 M
  20. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.71 M
  21. Korea $1.40 M
  22. Global Environment Facility $1.35 M
  23. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $1.08 M
  24. African Development Fund (African Development Fund) $0.91 M
  25. France $0.72 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$22,757,251 (5%)
349 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$2,430,400 (1%)
44 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$19,988,092 (5%)
249 Grants (5%)

Global Programs

$55,372,582 (13%)
264 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$22,928,013 (5%)
310 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$15,542,005 (4%)
233 Grants (5%)

North America

$240,182,520 (55%)
2,450 Grants (54%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$40,302,664 (9%)
495 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$26,101,101 (6%)
224 Grants (5%)

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

Economically Disadvantaged

$197,496,350 (45%)
1,328 Grants (29%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$145,498,048 (33%)
1,302 Grants (29%)

Women & Girls

$113,836,212 (26%)
1,263 Grants (28%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • National Endowment for Democracy supported Uyghur American Association in the USA to raise awareness of human rights violations affecting Uyghur populations through research, documentation, and information sharing at the international level.
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation supported the Center for Third World Organizing in the USA to strengthen US Black social justice infrastructure through transformative leadership training, alliance building, and technical support for Black organizations engaged in organizing and community development.

Case Studies