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

$97.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $26.74 M
  2. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $16.95 M
  3. Ford Foundation $13.28 M
  4. Public Welfare Foundation $13.27 M
  5. Freedom House $5.08 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $2.79 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $2.75 M
  8. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.49 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.85 M
  10. The Oak Foundation $1.73 M
  11. Tides Foundation $1.20 M
  12. NoVo Foundation $1.18 M
  13. Hivos $1.01 M
  14. Robina Foundation $1.00 M
  15. The Pilgrim Trust $0.91 M
  16. Humanity United $0.86 M
  17. The Barrow Cadbury Trust $0.73 M
  18. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $0.71 M
  19. Mensen met een Missie $0.56 M
  20. Rosenberg Foundation $0.52 M
  21. The Tinker Foundation $0.48 M
  22. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.43 M
  23. NEO Philanthropy $0.36 M
  24. American Jewish World Service $0.35 M
  25. HJW Foundation $0.30 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

6%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$203.8 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $30.91 M
  2. Canada $22.47 M
  3. Sweden $19.15 M
  4. Norway $17.92 M
  5. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $16.85 M
  6. United States $15.86 M
  7. Australia $15.70 M
  8. Denmark $14.51 M
  9. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $11.78 M
  10. Germany $9.33 M
  11. Switzerland $8.55 M
  12. United Kingdom $5.38 M
  13. Belgium $4.86 M
  14. Netherlands $2.54 M
  15. Finland $2.11 M
  16. Spain $1.25 M
  17. Ireland $1.11 M
  18. France $0.92 M
  19. Luxembourg $0.83 M
  20. Austria $0.64 M
  21. New Zealand $0.50 M
  22. Italy $0.25 M
  23. Portugal $0.20 M
  24. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.08 M
  25. Czech Republic $0.07 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$5,698,652 (6%)
75 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$3,274,145 (3%)
25 Grants (3%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$6,559,928 (7%)
89 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$11,212,368 (11%)
54 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$11,605,053 (12%)
98 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,134,010 (2%)
37 Grants (4%)

North America

$51,025,129 (52%)
324 Grants (39%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$10,147,886 (10%)
106 Grants (13%)

Western Europe

$4,451,006 (5%)
78 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

$46,599,932 (48%)
314 Grants (38%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$32,464,340 (33%)
194 Grants (24%)

Children & Youth

$24,780,297 (25%)
166 Grants (20%)

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

  • Public Welfare Foundation supported Southern Center for Human Rights in the USA to reduce rates of incarceration in Georgia and Alabama by engaging in high-impact litigation, policy research, advocacy, and coalition building.
  • Ford Foundation supported University of Chile to build the capacity of state and civil society actors to use international and regional instruments to improve access to justice by indigenous peoples.

Case Studies