5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$85.5 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
714 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $16.0 M
  2. Ford Foundation $15.1 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $10.5 M
  4. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.7 M
  5. Public Welfare Foundation $6.1 M
  6. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.2 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $2.8 M
  8. The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $2.7 M
  9. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.6 M
  10. Freedom House $2.2 M
  11. Arcus Foundation $1.6 M
  12. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.6 M
  13. Claws Foundation $1.0 M
  14. Robina Foundation $1.0 M
  15. The Barrow Cadbury Trust $744.4 K
  16. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $722.3 K
  17. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $640.0 K
  18. Proteus Fund $492.6 K
  19. The Henry Luce Foundation $485.0 K
  20. Public Interest Projects $381.0 K
  21. Instituto Betty e Jacob Lafer $374.0 K
  22. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $313.0 K
  23. HJW Foundation $300.0 K
  24. Marguerite Casey Foundation $300.0 K
  25. The William Penn Foundation $300.0 K
  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
614 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $43.1 M
  2. Canada $28.5 M
  3. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $18.4 M
  4. Denmark $16.0 M
  5. United States $15.1 M
  6. Sweden $10.7 M
  7. Norway $9.2 M
  8. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.0 M
  9. Spain $7.8 M
  10. Switzerland $6.3 M
  11. Germany $5.8 M
  12. Netherlands $5.8 M
  13. Finland $3.2 M
  14. United Kingdom $2.0 M
  15. Ireland $1.1 M
  16. France $930.1 K
  17. Belgium $878.4 K
  18. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $448.5 K
  19. Australia $425.2 K
  20. New Zealand $315.9 K
  21. Portugal $268.4 K
  22. Italy $212.0 K
  23. Luxembourg $83.9 K
  24. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2011 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

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%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Ford Foundation
    Pan African Lawyers Union (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
    Advocacy Fund (United States)
    To support a campaign to stop abusive stop-and-frisk practices by New York City police.