5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$97.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
823 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $26.7 M
  2. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $17.0 M
  3. Ford Foundation $13.3 M
  4. Public Welfare Foundation $13.3 M
  5. Freedom House $5.1 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $2.8 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $2.8 M
  8. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.5 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.9 M
  10. The Oak Foundation $1.7 M
  11. Tides Foundation $1.2 M
  12. NoVo Foundation $1.2 M
  13. Hivos $1.0 M
  14. Robina Foundation $1.0 M
  15. The Pilgrim Trust $910.0 K
  16. Humanity United $858.8 K
  17. The Barrow Cadbury Trust $732.6 K
  18. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $710.0 K
  19. Mensen met een Missie $563.2 K
  20. Rosenberg Foundation $517.5 K
  21. The Tinker Foundation $475.0 K
  22. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $429.8 K
  23. NEO Philanthropy $355.0 K
  24. American Jewish World Service $350.0 K
  25. HJW Foundation $300.0 K
  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
652 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $30.9 M
  2. Canada $22.5 M
  3. Sweden $19.1 M
  4. Norway $17.9 M
  5. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $16.9 M
  6. United States $15.9 M
  7. Australia $15.7 M
  8. Denmark $14.5 M
  9. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $11.8 M
  10. Germany $9.3 M
  11. Switzerland $8.6 M
  12. United Kingdom $5.4 M
  13. Belgium $4.9 M
  14. Netherlands $2.5 M
  15. Finland $2.1 M
  16. Spain $1.3 M
  17. Ireland $1.1 M
  18. France $920.0 K
  19. Luxembourg $830.5 K
  20. Austria $642.7 K
  21. New Zealand $503.7 K
  22. Italy $254.4 K
  23. Portugal $203.1 K
  24. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $81.9 K
  25. Czech Republic $72.5 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

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%)

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

  • Public Welfare Foundation
    Southern Center for Human Rights (United States)
    To reduce rates of incarceration in Georgia and Alabama by engaging in high-impact litigation, policy research, advocacy, and coalition building.
  • Ford Foundation
    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.