Human Rights, General

Supporting rights not explicitly categorized elsewhere in the taxonomy. Includes core support grants to organizations that focus on multiple human rights issues and grants where the detail provided is insufficient to identify a specific issue focus.

11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$303.6 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $109.79 M
  2. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $47.30 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $22.64 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $17.10 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $14.23 M
  6. Ford Foundation $12.82 M
  7. Freedom House $8.91 M
  8. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $5.75 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.47 M
  10. The JPB Foundation $5.26 M
  11. The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $4.70 M
  12. Yellow Chair Foundation $4.40 M
  13. Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland $4.36 M
  14. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $4.18 M
  15. The Wal-Mart Foundation $3.66 M
  16. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $3.50 M
  17. EEA and Norway Grants $3.15 M
  18. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $2.97 M
  19. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $2.88 M
  20. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.86 M
  21. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $2.81 M
  22. NoVo Foundation $2.65 M
  23. New Israel Fund $2.61 M
  24. Hivos $2.43 M
  25. The Pershing Square Foundation $2.00 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

15%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$567.3 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Switzerland $121.59 M
  2. Sweden $86.12 M
  3. European Union Institutions $64.12 M
  4. Norway $38.05 M
  5. United States $32.61 M
  6. Netherlands $31.92 M
  7. Denmark $26.61 M
  8. United Kingdom $21.67 M
  9. Germany $19.74 M
  10. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $15.47 M
  11. France $13.41 M
  12. Spain $12.35 M
  13. Finland $12.20 M
  14. Ireland $11.53 M
  15. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.93 M
  16. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $8.53 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $8.29 M
  18. Belgium $7.32 M
  19. Australia $7.30 M
  20. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $5.45 M
  21. Canada $4.80 M
  22. Luxembourg $2.78 M
  23. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.22 M
  24. Italy $1.35 M
  25. Austria $0.70 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$8,922,745 (3%)
58 Grants (4%)

Caribbean

$759,121 (0%)
9 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$13,694,589 (5%)
87 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$52,136,597 (17%)
123 Grants (9%)

Latin America & Mexico

$25,238,912 (8%)
92 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$9,038,695 (3%)
113 Grants (8%)

North America

$98,590,609 (32%)
633 Grants (45%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$14,358,763 (5%)
169 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$108,779,014 (36%)
171 Grants (12%)

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

$15,256,795 (5%)
114 Grants (8%)

Women & Girls

$12,580,442 (4%)
87 Grants (6%)

Migrants & Refugees

$8,271,000 (3%)
26 Grants (2%)

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

$35,481,152 (12%)
256 Grants (18%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$18,076,635 (6%)
133 Grants (9%)

Media and Technology

$13,705,554 (5%)
96 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

  • Freedom House supported anonymous recipients globally for emergency assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations at risk.
  • The Sunrise Initiative at NEO Philanthropy supported the U.S. Human Rights Network to hire a coordinator for Human Rights at Home, a collaborative campaign to ensure that human rights principles, standards, and obligations are considered and implemented in domestic policy and practice.