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.

10%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$233.3 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $49.71 M
  2. Nationale Postcode Loterij $38.72 M
  3. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $30.31 M
  4. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $14.52 M
  5. Foundation to Promote Open Society $12.69 M
  6. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $9.72 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $9.67 M
  8. National Endowment for Democracy $8.24 M
  9. The Wunderkinder Foundation $8.15 M
  10. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $7.87 M
  11. Comic Relief $5.11 M
  12. Tides Foundation $4.90 M
  13. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $4.79 M
  14. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $4.49 M
  15. Yellow Chair Foundation $3.90 M
  16. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $3.23 M
  17. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.24 M
  18. Dobkin Family Foundation $2.15 M
  19. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.99 M
  20. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $1.70 M
  21. The Tudor Trust $1.63 M
  22. The San Francisco Foundation $1.62 M
  23. Humanity United $1.60 M
  24. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.59 M
  25. Segal Family Foundation $1.57 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

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $106.21 M
  2. Sweden $57.99 M
  3. United States $33.59 M
  4. Norway $32.57 M
  5. Netherlands $31.84 M
  6. Switzerland $26.66 M
  7. Denmark $24.08 M
  8. Germany $22.42 M
  9. International Labour Organisation $13.52 M
  10. France $12.91 M
  11. United Kingdom $12.47 M
  12. Belgium $10.81 M
  13. Spain $10.76 M
  14. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.89 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.41 M
  16. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $6.95 M
  17. Canada $6.25 M
  18. Finland $5.70 M
  19. Ireland $5.40 M
  20. Australia $3.84 M
  21. Greece $3.46 M
  22. Japan $2.29 M
  23. Luxembourg $1.65 M
  24. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.53 M
  25. Italy $1.47 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

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%)

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

$23,583,714 (10%)
173 Grants (10%)

Women & Girls

$16,987,208 (7%)
121 Grants (7%)

Indigenous Peoples

$4,123,421 (2%)
30 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

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$44,642,312 (19%)
466 Grants (27%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$19,525,941 (8%)
148 Grants (8%)

Media and Technology

$10,068,535 (4%)
99 Grants (6%)

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.