2%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$29.3 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
128 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $10.3 M
  2. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.8 M
  3. Tides Foundation $2.6 M
  4. Google.org $2.5 M
  5. Humanity United $2.3 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $1.8 M
  7. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $1.5 M
  8. Anonymous $1.3 M
  9. The Oak Foundation $831.1 K
  10. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $525.0 K
  11. Ford Foundation $490.0 K
  12. Cordaid $389.9 K
  13. Marguerite Casey Foundation $200.0 K
  14. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $190.0 K
  15. American Jewish World Service $151.0 K
  16. Mama Cash $139.4 K
  17. Mensen met een Missie $134.2 K
  18. U.S. Institute of Peace $134.2 K
  19. Surdna Foundation $119.0 K
  20. Annenberg Foundation $100.0 K
  21. Compton Foundation $85.0 K
  22. Connect U.S. Fund $75.0 K
  23. TrustAfrica $74.2 K
  24. Peace Direct $62.8 K
  25. Hivos $55.8 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

3%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$114.4 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights
473 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Norway $20.9 M
  2. Canada $17.2 M
  3. United States $15.2 M
  4. European Union Institutions $13.2 M
  5. Sweden $11.1 M
  6. Switzerland $10.2 M
  7. Germany $6.9 M
  8. Spain $6.3 M
  9. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.6 M
  10. Finland $2.6 M
  11. United Kingdom $2.5 M
  12. Denmark $2.0 M
  13. Netherlands $1.3 M
  14. Belgium $690.1 K
  15. France $596.4 K
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $371.1 K
  17. Italy $271.6 K
  18. New Zealand $227.9 K
  19. Ireland $119.0 K
  20. Luxembourg $68.6 K
  21. Czech Republic $12.3 K
  22. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2011 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$1,202,547 (4%)
16 Grants (13%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,288,942 (8%)
13 Grants (10%)

Global Programs

$9,930,061 (34%)
27 Grants (21%)

Latin America & Mexico

$290,000 (1%)
6 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$6,949,620 (24%)
14 Grants (11%)

North America

$1,136,975 (4%)
9 Grants (7%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$8,362,155 (29%)
50 Grants (39%)

Western Europe

$883,605 (3%)
4 Grants (3%)

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

  • Arab Human Rights Fund
    Gulf Civil Society Associations Forum (Kuwait)
    To address the causes and effects of the Arab revolts from a human rights perspective, with emphasis on the role of the civil society.


  • To provide legal support to indigenous communities in order to prosecute senior officials of two past administrations for genocide and other crimes against Guatemala's indigenous peoples.