10%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$233.3 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights
1,744 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $49.7 M
  2. Nationale Postcode Loterij $38.7 M
  3. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $30.3 M
  4. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $14.5 M
  5. Foundation to Promote Open Society $12.7 M
  6. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $9.7 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $9.7 M
  8. National Endowment for Democracy $8.2 M
  9. The Wunderkinder Foundation $8.2 M
  10. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $7.9 M
  11. Comic Relief $5.1 M
  12. Tides Foundation $4.9 M
  13. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $4.8 M
  14. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $4.5 M
  15. Yellow Chair Foundation $3.9 M
  16. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $3.2 M
  17. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.2 M
  18. Dobkin Family Foundation $2.2 M
  19. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $2.0 M
  20. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $1.7 M
  21. The Tudor Trust $1.6 M
  22. The San Francisco Foundation $1.6 M
  23. Humanity United $1.6 M
  24. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.6 M
  25. Segal Family Foundation $1.6 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$453.2 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
2,467 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $106.2 M
  2. Sweden $58.0 M
  3. United States $33.6 M
  4. Norway $32.6 M
  5. Netherlands $31.8 M
  6. Switzerland $26.7 M
  7. Denmark $24.1 M
  8. Germany $22.4 M
  9. International Labour Organisation $13.5 M
  10. France $12.9 M
  11. United Kingdom $12.5 M
  12. Belgium $10.8 M
  13. Spain $10.8 M
  14. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.9 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.4 M
  16. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $7.0 M
  17. Canada $6.3 M
  18. Finland $5.7 M
  19. Ireland $5.4 M
  20. Australia $3.8 M
  21. Greece $3.5 M
  22. Japan $2.3 M
  23. Luxembourg $1.7 M
  24. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.5 M
  25. Italy $1.5 M
  26. M = Millions

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$10,398,332 (4%)
111 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$1,199,064 (1%)
13 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$3,924,301 (2%)
83 Grants (5%)

Global Programs

$74,747,818 (32%)
263 Grants (15%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,333,826 (4%)
125 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,505,743 (2%)
97 Grants (6%)

North America

$103,446,324 (44%)
780 Grants (45%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$11,590,532 (5%)
138 Grants (8%)

Western Europe

$18,962,786 (8%)
164 Grants (9%)

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

  • The Ford Foundation
    Mozilla Foundation (United States)
    For the Open Web Fellows program, which builds a professional pipeline of public-interest technologists to increase capacity within civil society organizations, build organizations' digital protection, and utilize new technologies in human rights programming.
  • Yellow Chair Foundation
    American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (United States)
    To realize its strategic goals of defending and promoting equality, liberty, and democracy.