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

$212.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 9%
99% Right to Decide Freely and Responsibly on the Number and Spacing of Children
1% Right to Sexual Expression

Top Funders

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $110.32 M
  2. Ford Foundation $21.86 M
  3. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $9.97 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $8.61 M
  5. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $8.43 M
  6. Foundation For The Carolinas $4.82 M
  7. Open Society Foundations $3.78 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.60 M
  9. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.21 M
  10. Nationale Postcode Loterij $2.74 M
  11. American Jewish World Service $2.66 M
  12. HJW Foundation $2.60 M
  13. Hivos $1.92 M
  14. The Oak Foundation $1.82 M
  15. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.70 M
  16. Groundswell Fund $1.45 M
  17. The Global Fund for Women $1.33 M
  18. Comic Relief UK $1.25 M
  19. The Summit Foundation $1.17 M
  20. Robert Sterling Clark Foundation $1.10 M
  21. General Service Foundation $0.95 M
  22. Foundation for a Just Society $0.90 M
  23. Moriah Fund $0.87 M
  24. Stop AIDS Now $0.85 M
  25. ViiV Healthcare $0.79 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

5%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$201.6 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $36.74 M
  2. Sweden $32.16 M
  3. Germany $28.11 M
  4. Netherlands $22.45 M
  5. Norway $18.90 M
  6. Australia $9.68 M
  7. Japan $9.20 M
  8. European Union Institutions $8.41 M
  9. Spain $7.01 M
  10. United Kingdom $6.95 M
  11. Switzerland $5.84 M
  12. Finland $5.58 M
  13. Denmark $3.68 M
  14. Belgium $2.77 M
  15. Canada $2.72 M
  16. New Zealand $1.01 M
  17. France $0.20 M
  18. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.09 M
  19. United States $0.04 M
  20. Austria $0.02 M
  21. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$14,344,192 (7%)
72 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$500,000 (0%)
12 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,125,766 (1%)
37 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$47,282,035 (22%)
85 Grants (9%)

Latin America & Mexico

$24,371,648 (11%)
179 Grants (19%)

Middle East & North Africa

$5,221,413 (2%)
24 Grants (3%)

North America

$101,688,863 (48%)
355 Grants (38%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$20,342,487 (10%)
168 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$1,053,343 (0%)
11 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

$198,345,196 (93%)
802 Grants (87%)

Children & Youth

$26,419,394 (12%)
315 Grants (34%)

LGBTIQ

$3,117,750 (1%)
92 Grants (10%)

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.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$34,445,177 (16%)
251 Grants (27%)

Research and Documentation

$21,949,033 (10%)
67 Grants (7%)

Media and Technology

$16,865,832 (8%)
80 Grants (9%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Sabanci Foundation supported Mardin Women Cooperation Association in Turkey to raise awareness on reproductive health, gender, and sexual abuse among high school students, educators, and families and create an enabling environment for students to express themselves.
  • The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation supported the National Abortion Federation in the USA for their NAF Hotline, a source of information about abortion and referrals to providers of quality care in the USA and Canada.

Case Studies