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.

13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$309.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $144.23 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $35.34 M
  3. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $28.78 M
  4. Freedom House $12.21 M
  5. Ford Foundation $10.90 M
  6. Hivos $10.81 M
  7. New Israel Fund $7.53 M
  8. The JPB Foundation $7.25 M
  9. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.80 M
  10. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.20 M
  11. Vinik Family Foundation $5.00 M
  12. The Pershing Square Foundation $4.00 M
  13. EEA and Norway Grants $3.40 M
  14. King Baudouin Foundation United States $3.21 M
  15. Cordaid $3.18 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.54 M
  17. Proteus Fund $2.07 M
  18. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $1.78 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.73 M
  20. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.70 M
  21. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.56 M
  22. HJW Foundation $1.55 M
  23. Omidyar Network Fund $1.52 M
  24. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $1.51 M
  25. Moriah Fund $1.29 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

16%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$585.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $148.47 M
  2. Switzerland $103.08 M
  3. Sweden $84.58 M
  4. Denmark $44.16 M
  5. Norway $37.00 M
  6. Netherlands $30.14 M
  7. Belgium $18.21 M
  8. Finland $17.60 M
  9. France $15.48 M
  10. Germany $14.83 M
  11. Spain $13.08 M
  12. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $9.23 M
  13. Australia $8.53 M
  14. United States $8.52 M
  15. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $8.20 M
  16. Ireland $5.06 M
  17. Canada $5.05 M
  18. United Kingdom $4.84 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.31 M
  20. Italy $1.78 M
  21. Luxembourg $1.26 M
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.11 M
  23. New Zealand $0.59 M
  24. International Development Association $0.35 M
  25. Czech Republic $0.31 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$9,350,713 (3%)
145 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$691,456 (0%)
8 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,438,944 (2%)
92 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$136,357,891 (44%)
233 Grants (16%)

Latin America & Mexico

$7,679,237 (2%)
88 Grants (6%)

Middle East & North Africa

$13,164,874 (4%)
167 Grants (11%)

North America

$77,687,245 (25%)
512 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$12,865,298 (4%)
160 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$54,846,343 (18%)
90 Grants (6%)

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

$13,202,921 (4%)
127 Grants (9%)

Women & Girls

$5,305,151 (2%)
80 Grants (5%)

Migrants & Refugees

$4,344,032 (1%)
34 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

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$28,174,121 (9%)
162 Grants (11%)

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$22,634,017 (7%)
204 Grants (14%)

Media and Technology

$16,137,168 (5%)
188 Grants (13%)

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.