5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$91.0 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
988 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $17.7 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $16.8 M
  3. Ford Foundation $13.0 M
  4. The Open Technology Fund $4.2 M
  5. Wikimedia Foundation $4.1 M
  6. Hivos $3.4 M
  7. Nationale Postcode Loterij $3.2 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.6 M
  9. Omidyar Network Fund $2.5 M
  10. Proteus Fund $2.3 M
  11. Anonymous $1.9 M
  12. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.8 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.3 M
  14. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $1.2 M
  15. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.1 M
  16. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $1.0 M
  17. The Atlantic Philanthropies $763.4 K
  18. The Markle Foundation $665.0 K
  19. Levi Strauss Foundation $650.0 K
  20. Humanity United $632.9 K
  21. The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation $625.0 K
  22. The Oak Foundation $610.0 K
  23. VOQAL Communications Contributions Program $505.4 K
  24. CS Fund $474.2 K
  25. Dietel Partners $434.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$18.9 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
142 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $5.9 M
  2. European Union Institutions $2.7 M
  3. United States $2.5 M
  4. Canada $2.1 M
  5. Norway $1.7 M
  6. Denmark $1.4 M
  7. Netherlands $1.0 M
  8. Switzerland $522.2 K
  9. Spain $469.4 K
  10. Finland $238.9 K
  11. United Kingdom $229.8 K
  12. Germany $64.5 K
  13. Belgium $25.5 K
  14. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$8,330,336 (9%)
115 Grants (12%)

Caribbean

$2,017,944 (2%)
16 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$11,440,738 (13%)
220 Grants (22%)

Global Programs

$23,222,929 (26%)
115 Grants (12%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,296,223 (9%)
125 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,100,448 (5%)
64 Grants (6%)

North America

$23,642,211 (26%)
236 Grants (24%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$5,352,207 (6%)
77 Grants (8%)

Western Europe

$7,238,511 (8%)
47 Grants (5%)

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

  • The Oak Foundation
    Committee to Protect Journalists (United States)
    To defend journalists in detention or under threat, uphold freedom of the press worldwide, and strengthen advocacy confronting challenges to freedom of expression on the internet.
  • Open Technology Fund
    Beneficent Technology (United States)
    To develop a mobile version of Martus, a tool that provides journalists and human rights defenders with a means of transmitting information while protecting their sources and themselves.