16%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$425.8 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
1,981 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. The California Endowment $120.1 M
  2. The Atlantic Philanthropies $84.5 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $44.4 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $30.4 M
  5. Comic Relief $16.6 M
  6. Ford Foundation $12.6 M
  7. EEA and Norway Grants $10.8 M
  8. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $8.3 M
  9. Open Society Foundations $8.0 M
  10. Stop AIDS Now $7.4 M
  11. The Oak Foundation $5.3 M
  12. Elton John AIDS Foundation $5.0 M
  13. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $4.2 M
  14. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $4.0 M
  15. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.6 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $3.3 M
  17. Cordaid $3.2 M
  18. The Rockefeller Foundation $3.0 M
  19. Segal Family Foundation $2.7 M
  20. The Coca-Cola Foundation $2.7 M
  21. Hivos $2.6 M
  22. Tides Foundation $2.3 M
  23. ViiV Healthcare $2.2 M
  24. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $1.8 M
  25. NoVo Foundation $1.5 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

8%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$321.1 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
769 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Global Fund $123.8 M
  2. Sweden $48.6 M
  3. Canada $30.5 M
  4. United States $26.0 M
  5. European Union Institutions $20.7 M
  6. Belgium $14.4 M
  7. Norway $12.6 M
  8. Spain $11.0 M
  9. Netherlands $10.5 M
  10. Finland $8.3 M
  11. Germany $3.3 M
  12. Switzerland $2.6 M
  13. World Health Organization (WHO) $2.3 M
  14. Italy $1.6 M
  15. Australia $1.3 M
  16. France $656.8 K
  17. Ireland $627.3 K
  18. Korea $625.3 K
  19. United Kingdom $569.5 K
  20. Austria $391.9 K
  21. New Zealand $192.3 K
  22. OPEC Fund for International Development $150.0 K
  23. Iceland $120.0 K
  24. Luxembourg $41.7 K
  25. Poland $36.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$38,767,933 (9%)
148 Grants (7%)

Caribbean

$4,500,884 (1%)
39 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$16,465,750 (4%)
169 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$81,587,270 (19%)
61 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$5,681,225 (1%)
126 Grants (6%)

Middle East & North Africa

$5,834,366 (1%)
36 Grants (2%)

North America

$216,784,608 (51%)
820 Grants (41%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$55,204,743 (13%)
407 Grants (21%)

Western Europe

$69,393,139 (16%)
226 Grants (11%)

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



  • To provide legal counsel for families of those suffering from HIV or Hepatitis to fight for their rights guaranteed under present-day legislation.
  • The Skoll Foundation
    Shack/Slum Dwellers International (South Africa)
    For work to help slum dwellers improve their living conditions.