Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law

Supporting the ability of people to seek and obtain a remedy through formal or informal institutions of justice for grievance in compliance with human rights standards. This includes normative legal protection, legal awareness, legal aid and counsel, adjudication, enforcement, and civil society oversight.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$164.6 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. The Atlantic Philanthropies $28.50 M
  2. Ford Foundation $21.90 M
  3. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $17.65 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $15.64 M
  5. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $9.88 M
  6. Public Welfare Foundation $5.31 M
  7. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $4.87 M
  8. EEA and Norway Grants $4.56 M
  9. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $4.29 M
  10. National Endowment for Democracy $4.23 M
  11. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $3.81 M
  12. Freedom House $3.07 M
  13. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.70 M
  14. Selz Foundation $2.70 M
  15. The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $2.55 M
  16. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.47 M
  17. The Oak Foundation $1.22 M
  18. NoVo Foundation $1.22 M
  19. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.18 M
  20. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.15 M
  21. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.06 M
  22. Claws Foundation $1.00 M
  23. Galashiels Fund, Ltd. $1.00 M
  24. Laura and John Arnold Foundation $1.00 M
  25. Alliance for Open Society International $0.93 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

6%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$212.7 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $36.24 M
  2. European Union Institutions $28.07 M
  3. Sweden $20.43 M
  4. Canada $18.58 M
  5. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $16.82 M
  6. Australia $13.76 M
  7. Finland $11.37 M
  8. Norway $10.64 M
  9. Denmark $10.31 M
  10. United Kingdom $9.77 M
  11. Switzerland $9.31 M
  12. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.74 M
  13. Germany $6.37 M
  14. Belgium $4.36 M
  15. Netherlands $3.42 M
  16. Italy $1.30 M
  17. Luxembourg $1.12 M
  18. Austria $0.64 M
  19. Ireland $0.56 M
  20. Spain $0.26 M
  21. Korea $0.16 M
  22. Poland $0.14 M
  23. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.10 M
  24. Portugal $0.06 M
  25. France $0.06 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$8,741,955 (5%)
64 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$1,436,710 (1%)
8 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,417,782 (3%)
79 Grants (8%)

Global Programs

$5,350,521 (3%)
33 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$12,454,029 (8%)
72 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,103,856 (2%)
26 Grants (3%)

North America

$111,685,115 (68%)
556 Grants (55%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$11,788,196 (7%)
94 Grants (9%)

Western Europe

$10,767,523 (7%)
80 Grants (8%)

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

$48,832,131 (30%)
208 Grants (21%)

Women & Girls

$15,358,758 (9%)
122 Grants (12%)

Indigenous Peoples

$6,702,552 (4%)
37 Grants (4%)

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

$85,312,363 (52%)
349 Grants (35%)

Research and Documentation

$24,108,219 (15%)
109 Grants (11%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$18,304,416 (11%)
111 Grants (11%)

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

  • Humanity United supported the International Commission of Jurists in Kenya for its international justice program focused on advocacy for accountability at the national, regional and international level.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation supported Pretrial Justice Institute in the USA to provide technical assistance and training to sites exploring juvenile detention alternatives.

Case Studies