Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Supporting the right to make informed and voluntary reproductive choices and to freedom of sexual expression. Includes the right to access reproductive health care, including family planning, birth control, and legal and safe abortion.

9%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$163.4 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this 9%
98% Right to Decide Freely and Responsibly on the Number and Spacing of Children
2% Right to Sexual Expression

Top Funders

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $57.30 M
  2. Ford Foundation $20.34 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $15.44 M
  4. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $11.37 M
  5. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $10.37 M
  6. Hivos $6.72 M
  7. Comic Relief UK $6.01 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.46 M
  9. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.92 M
  10. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $2.79 M
  11. American Jewish World Service $2.74 M
  12. The Summit Foundation $2.68 M
  13. Groundswell Fund $2.51 M
  14. The Global Fund for Women $1.41 M
  15. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.16 M
  16. Robert Sterling Clark Foundation $0.98 M
  17. Ms. Foundation for Women $0.91 M
  18. Moriah Fund $0.90 M
  19. NoVo Foundation $0.87 M
  20. The Educational Foundation of America $0.81 M
  21. General Service Foundation $0.72 M
  22. The JPB Foundation $0.60 M
  23. Wallace Global Fund II $0.58 M
  24. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.57 M
  25. Irving Harris Foundation $0.56 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

4%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$125.1 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $44.11 M
  2. Germany $20.54 M
  3. Netherlands $14.55 M
  4. Norway $8.98 M
  5. European Union Institutions $7.99 M
  6. Finland $4.98 M
  7. United Kingdom $4.71 M
  8. Australia $4.59 M
  9. Spain $4.55 M
  10. Denmark $3.39 M
  11. Belgium $3.23 M
  12. Switzerland $2.08 M
  13. New Zealand $0.64 M
  14. Canada $0.47 M
  15. France $0.19 M
  16. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $0.11 M
  17. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$9,556,793 (6%)
51 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$885,000 (1%)
13 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$967,158 (1%)
29 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$13,775,408 (8%)
68 Grants (8%)

Latin America & Mexico

$24,524,253 (15%)
150 Grants (17%)

Middle East & North Africa

$647,258 (0%)
19 Grants (2%)

North America

$90,577,709 (55%)
418 Grants (49%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$22,269,022 (14%)
127 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$1,769,780 (1%)
9 Grants (1%)

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

Women & Girls

$152,067,203 (93%)
796 Grants (93%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$41,731,042 (26%)
176 Grants (20%)

Children & Youth

$26,027,449 (16%)
189 Grants (22%)

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 supported Action Canada for Population and Development to promote sexual and reproductive rights within the United Nations Human Rights Council and its mechanisms.
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation supported Exhale: An After-Abortion Counseling Talkline in the USA for an ethical storysharing pilot project intended to destigmatize abortion.

Case Studies