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.

15%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$267.9 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $50.78 M
  2. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $49.32 M
  3. Ford Foundation $26.72 M
  4. Freedom House $21.42 M
  5. National Endowment for Democracy $17.94 M
  6. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $10.34 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $9.42 M
  8. Nationale Postcode Loterij $7.52 M
  9. American Jewish World Service $6.67 M
  10. Cordaid $6.25 M
  11. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.62 M
  12. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.48 M
  13. Anonymous $5.38 M
  14. Tides Foundation $4.74 M
  15. Hivos $4.71 M
  16. The Foundation for Civil Society $4.37 M
  17. The Oak Foundation $3.78 M
  18. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $3.58 M
  19. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $2.27 M
  20. The James Irvine Foundation $2.19 M
  21. Proteus Fund $2.06 M
  22. Comic Relief UK $1.80 M
  23. Public Welfare Foundation $1.62 M
  24. Mensen met een Missie $1.61 M
  25. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.59 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

Top Funders

  1. Switzerland $91.07 M
  2. Sweden $90.30 M
  3. European Union Institutions $85.47 M
  4. Norway $37.74 M
  5. United Kingdom $34.44 M
  6. Denmark $26.77 M
  7. Netherlands $25.91 M
  8. Belgium $25.34 M
  9. Spain $14.86 M
  10. Germany $13.98 M
  11. Australia $10.47 M
  12. Finland $8.89 M
  13. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $8.15 M
  14. United States $7.70 M
  15. Ireland $7.11 M
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.75 M
  17. France $5.11 M
  18. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $2.03 M
  19. Canada $1.62 M
  20. Japan $1.41 M
  21. New Zealand $1.17 M
  22. Luxembourg $1.02 M
  23. Global Environment Facility $0.69 M
  24. International Development Association $0.44 M
  25. Italy $0.26 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

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%)

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

$63,313,419 (24%)
620 Grants (20%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$45,630,585 (17%)
508 Grants (16%)

Women & Girls

$28,684,483 (11%)
681 Grants (22%)

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 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supported the Center for Justice and International Law in the USA to defend and promote human rights in Mexico and to strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System.
  • National Endowment for Democracy supported International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in the USA 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.