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.

15%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$343.5 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $44.53 M
  2. Ford Foundation $36.04 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $32.40 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $24.60 M
  5. Fundación ONCE $13.15 M
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $12.51 M
  7. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $9.87 M
  8. The Oak Foundation $8.94 M
  9. Hivos $8.77 M
  10. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $8.05 M
  11. Arcus Foundation $7.20 M
  12. American Jewish World Service $6.91 M
  13. The Global Fund for Women $5.33 M
  14. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $4.66 M
  15. Public Welfare Foundation $4.61 M
  16. The Foundation for Civil Society $4.38 M
  17. Human Dignity Foundation $3.69 M
  18. EEA and Norway Grants $3.62 M
  19. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.44 M
  20. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.15 M
  21. Gill Foundation $3.00 M
  22. The Henry Smith Charity $2.85 M
  23. The Rockefeller Foundation $2.82 M
  24. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $2.73 M
  25. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation $2.64 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$433.1 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $67.50 M
  2. Norway $58.47 M
  3. Netherlands $55.09 M
  4. European Union Institutions $37.08 M
  5. Germany $37.07 M
  6. Spain $35.73 M
  7. United Kingdom $26.72 M
  8. Finland $15.83 M
  9. Australia $15.71 M
  10. Denmark $14.31 M
  11. Canada $14.21 M
  12. Belgium $7.68 M
  13. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $7.13 M
  14. Ireland $6.98 M
  15. Austria $5.94 M
  16. Korea $4.88 M
  17. United States $4.43 M
  18. Switzerland $4.21 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.41 M
  20. Italy $2.78 M
  21. France $1.97 M
  22. Luxembourg $1.84 M
  23. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $1.10 M
  24. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.91 M
  25. Iceland $0.57 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$24,002,124 (7%)
405 Grants (11%)

Caribbean

$1,579,004 (0%)
46 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$15,689,331 (5%)
363 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$47,891,432 (14%)
180 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$16,878,068 (5%)
299 Grants (8%)

Middle East & North Africa

$9,425,434 (3%)
141 Grants (4%)

North America

$124,252,018 (36%)
1,354 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$44,937,552 (13%)
591 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$70,401,046 (20%)
517 Grants (14%)

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

$103,874,727 (30%)
822 Grants (21%)

Women & Girls

$71,964,283 (21%)
1,166 Grants (30%)

People with Disabilities

$36,185,614 (11%)
630 Grants (16%)

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

$72,998,616 (21%)
577 Grants (15%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$57,369,636 (17%)
499 Grants (13%)

Research and Documentation

$29,031,513 (8%)
256 Grants (7%)

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