11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$303.6 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
1,405 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $109.8 M
  2. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $47.3 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $22.6 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $17.1 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $14.2 M
  6. Ford Foundation $12.8 M
  7. Freedom House $8.9 M
  8. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $5.8 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.5 M
  10. The JPB Foundation $5.3 M
  11. The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $4.7 M
  12. Yellow Chair Foundation $4.4 M
  13. Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland $4.4 M
  14. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $4.2 M
  15. The Wal-Mart Foundation $3.7 M
  16. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $3.5 M
  17. EEA and Norway Grants $3.2 M
  18. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $3.0 M
  19. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $2.9 M
  20. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.9 M
  21. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $2.8 M
  22. NoVo Foundation $2.7 M
  23. New Israel Fund $2.6 M
  24. Hivos $2.4 M
  25. The Pershing Square Foundation $2.0 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
3,039 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Switzerland $121.6 M
  2. Sweden $86.1 M
  3. European Union Institutions $64.1 M
  4. Norway $38.0 M
  5. United States $32.6 M
  6. Netherlands $31.9 M
  7. Denmark $26.6 M
  8. United Kingdom $21.7 M
  9. Germany $19.7 M
  10. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $15.5 M
  11. France $13.4 M
  12. Spain $12.3 M
  13. Finland $12.2 M
  14. Ireland $11.5 M
  15. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.9 M
  16. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $8.5 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $8.3 M
  18. Belgium $7.3 M
  19. Australia $7.3 M
  20. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $5.5 M
  21. Canada $4.8 M
  22. Luxembourg $2.8 M
  23. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.2 M
  24. Italy $1.3 M
  25. Austria $699.6 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

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%)

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.

Foundation Funding by Strategy

Strategy totals include foundation funding that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. Grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Freedom House
    anonymous recipients
    For emergency assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations at risk.
  • The Sunrise Initiative at NEO Philanthropy
    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.