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.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$85.5 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $16.02 M
  2. Ford Foundation $15.09 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $10.45 M
  4. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.74 M
  5. Public Welfare Foundation $6.06 M
  6. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.24 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $2.82 M
  8. The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $2.71 M
  9. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.60 M
  10. Freedom House $2.24 M
  11. Arcus Foundation $1.60 M
  12. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.56 M
  13. Claws Foundation $1.00 M
  14. Robina Foundation $1.00 M
  15. The Barrow Cadbury Trust $0.74 M
  16. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $0.72 M
  17. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.64 M
  18. Proteus Fund $0.49 M
  19. The Henry Luce Foundation $0.49 M
  20. Public Interest Projects $0.38 M
  21. Instituto Betty e Jacob Lafer $0.37 M
  22. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $0.31 M
  23. HJW Foundation $0.30 M
  24. Marguerite Casey Foundation $0.30 M
  25. The William Penn Foundation $0.30 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

5%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$184.7 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $43.08 M
  2. Canada $28.54 M
  3. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $18.41 M
  4. Denmark $15.99 M
  5. United States $15.08 M
  6. Sweden $10.73 M
  7. Norway $9.17 M
  8. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.00 M
  9. Spain $7.82 M
  10. Switzerland $6.33 M
  11. Germany $5.82 M
  12. Netherlands $5.75 M
  13. Finland $3.23 M
  14. United Kingdom $2.03 M
  15. Ireland $1.14 M
  16. France $0.93 M
  17. Belgium $0.88 M
  18. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.45 M
  19. Australia $0.43 M
  20. New Zealand $0.32 M
  21. Portugal $0.27 M
  22. Italy $0.21 M
  23. Luxembourg $0.08 M
  24. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$6,146,812 (7%)
76 Grants (11%)

Caribbean

$663,370 (1%)
6 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$4,500,843 (5%)
94 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$13,057,047 (15%)
67 Grants (9%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,162,668 (10%)
80 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,026,610 (2%)
26 Grants (4%)

North America

$40,311,997 (47%)
232 Grants (32%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$10,662,849 (12%)
119 Grants (17%)

Western Europe

$3,967,174 (5%)
66 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

Offenders & Ex-Offenders

$24,439,362 (29%)
179 Grants (25%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$24,298,585 (28%)
130 Grants (18%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$18,701,368 (22%)
111 Grants (16%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Ford Foundation gave to Pan African Lawyers Union in Tanzania to litigate cases at the African Court of Human Rights and to strengthen the protection of human rights through regional mechanisms.
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies gave to Advocacy Fund in the USA to support a campaign to stop abusive stop-and-frisk practices by New York City police.

Case Studies