Expression and Information Rights

Supporting the rights to information, privacy, and freedom of opinion and expression through activities that serve principles of openness and inclusiveness across a range of media.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$91 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this 5%
49% Freedom of Information
45% Freedom of Opinion and Expression
6% Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home, and Correspondence

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $17.65 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $16.80 M
  3. Ford Foundation $13.00 M
  4. The Open Technology Fund $4.15 M
  5. Wikimedia Foundation $4.07 M
  6. Hivos $3.41 M
  7. Nationale Postcode Loterij $3.23 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.60 M
  9. Omidyar Network Fund $2.54 M
  10. Proteus Fund $2.31 M
  11. Anonymous $1.88 M
  12. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.82 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.33 M
  14. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $1.21 M
  15. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.10 M
  16. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $1.02 M
  17. The Atlantic Philanthropies $0.76 M
  18. The Markle Foundation $0.66 M
  19. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.65 M
  20. Humanity United $0.63 M
  21. The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation $0.63 M
  22. The Oak Foundation $0.61 M
  23. VOQAL Communications Contributions Program $0.51 M
  24. CS Fund $0.47 M
  25. Dietel Partners $0.43 M
  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

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $5.92 M
  2. European Union Institutions $2.71 M
  3. United States $2.49 M
  4. Canada $2.13 M
  5. Norway $1.68 M
  6. Denmark $1.36 M
  7. Netherlands $1.03 M
  8. Switzerland $0.52 M
  9. Spain $0.47 M
  10. Finland $0.24 M
  11. United Kingdom $0.23 M
  12. Germany $0.06 M
  13. Belgium $0.03 M
  14. M = Millions

Regional Focus

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%)

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

$9,116,200 (10%)
92 Grants (9%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$8,945,697 (10%)
86 Grants (9%)

Children & Youth

$7,786,706 (9%)
69 Grants (7%)

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

  • The Oak Foundation supported the Committee to Protect Journalists in the USA 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 supported Beneficent Technology in the USA 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.

Case Studies