15%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$267.9 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
3,136 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $50.8 M
  2. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $49.3 M
  3. Ford Foundation $26.7 M
  4. Freedom House $21.4 M
  5. National Endowment for Democracy $17.9 M
  6. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $10.3 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $9.4 M
  8. Nationale Postcode Loterij $7.5 M
  9. American Jewish World Service $6.7 M
  10. Cordaid $6.2 M
  11. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.6 M
  12. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.5 M
  13. Anonymous $5.4 M
  14. Tides Foundation $4.7 M
  15. Hivos $4.7 M
  16. The Foundation for Civil Society $4.4 M
  17. The Oak Foundation $3.8 M
  18. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $3.6 M
  19. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $2.3 M
  20. The James Irvine Foundation $2.2 M
  21. Proteus Fund $2.1 M
  22. Comic Relief UK $1.8 M
  23. Public Welfare Foundation $1.6 M
  24. Mensen met een Missie $1.6 M
  25. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.6 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

15%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$509.6 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
3,364 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Switzerland $91.1 M
  2. Sweden $90.3 M
  3. European Union Institutions $85.5 M
  4. Norway $37.7 M
  5. United Kingdom $34.4 M
  6. Denmark $26.8 M
  7. Netherlands $25.9 M
  8. Belgium $25.3 M
  9. Spain $14.9 M
  10. Germany $14.0 M
  11. Australia $10.5 M
  12. Finland $8.9 M
  13. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $8.2 M
  14. United States $7.7 M
  15. Ireland $7.1 M
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.7 M
  17. France $5.1 M
  18. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $2.0 M
  19. Canada $1.6 M
  20. Japan $1.4 M
  21. New Zealand $1.2 M
  22. Luxembourg $1.0 M
  23. Global Environment Facility $692.1 K
  24. International Development Association $441.6 K
  25. Italy $257.1 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$31,312,859 (12%)
407 Grants (13%)

Caribbean

$1,089,711 (0%)
29 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$15,381,604 (6%)
363 Grants (12%)

Global Programs

$75,062,345 (28%)
322 Grants (10%)

Latin America & Mexico

$12,713,237 (5%)
249 Grants (8%)

Middle East & North Africa

$9,741,531 (4%)
199 Grants (6%)

North America

$72,429,326 (27%)
767 Grants (24%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$40,347,552 (15%)
656 Grants (21%)

Western Europe

$14,288,295 (5%)
217 Grants (7%)

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 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    Center for Justice and International Law (United States)
    To defend and promote human rights in Mexico and to strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System.
  • National Endowment for Democracy
    International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (United States)
    To foster a culture of respect for democracy and human rights by drawing connections between the history of important sites and contemporary challenges to democracy.