Freedom from Violence

Supporting the right to freedom from inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment and torture. Torture is the deliberate infliction of severe physical or psychological pain, often by state agents, with the intention of causing suffering. This category includes grants related to gender and identity-based violence, domestic violence, rape, enforced disappearance, forced labor, forced pregnancy, gun violence, capital punishment, and the protection of human rights defenders.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$106.4 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 6%
47% Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
28% Freedom from Slavery and Trafficking
15% Freedom from Gender/Identity-based Violence
9% Freedom from Domestic Violence

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $15.20 M
  2. Anonymous $12.54 M
  3. Google.org $11.55 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $10.40 M
  5. Humanity United $6.82 M
  6. NoVo Foundation $6.32 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $3.98 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.09 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $2.95 M
  10. Tides Foundation $2.72 M
  11. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $2.55 M
  12. Ford Foundation $2.53 M
  13. The PHM Foundation $1.73 M
  14. Hivos $1.40 M
  15. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $1.22 M
  16. The Henry Smith Charity $1.02 M
  17. Cordaid $0.96 M
  18. The Somaly Mam Foundation $0.95 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.95 M
  20. American Jewish World Service $0.93 M
  21. Anonymous $0.84 M
  22. The Rees-Jones Foundation $0.80 M
  23. Mensen met een Missie $0.79 M
  24. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.78 M
  25. NIKE Foundation $0.77 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

11%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$391.9 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Norway $51.25 M
  2. United States $42.31 M
  3. European Union Institutions $41.72 M
  4. Canada $40.74 M
  5. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $38.67 M
  6. Sweden $35.75 M
  7. United Kingdom $27.14 M
  8. Denmark $16.33 M
  9. Germany $14.97 M
  10. Australia $13.45 M
  11. Netherlands $11.74 M
  12. Spain $10.93 M
  13. Japan $7.49 M
  14. Belgium $7.06 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $6.09 M
  16. Switzerland $5.46 M
  17. Finland $5.22 M
  18. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $4.71 M
  19. Ireland $3.66 M
  20. Italy $1.57 M
  21. New Zealand $1.39 M
  22. France $1.30 M
  23. Austria $0.69 M
  24. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.59 M
  25. International Development Association $0.43 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$19,304,597 (18%)
164 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$105,000 (0%)
4 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$8,954,773 (8%)
130 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$19,973,966 (19%)
121 Grants (12%)

Latin America & Mexico

$4,705,104 (4%)
95 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,811,701 (5%)
70 Grants (7%)

North America

$18,239,050 (17%)
174 Grants (18%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$19,121,634 (18%)
152 Grants (16%)

Western Europe

$12,614,145 (12%)
84 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

Crime or Abuse Victims

$86,417,613 (81%)
787 Grants (81%)

Women & Girls

$49,600,660 (47%)
589 Grants (60%)

Children & Youth

$27,186,079 (26%)
233 Grants (24%)

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

  • NIKE Foundation gave to Futures Without Violence in the USA for engaging cricket coaches to reduce violence against young women.
  • The Oak Foundation gave to Sonke Gender Justice Network in South Africa to support Sonke's regional work with men and boys to prevent violence against children in east and south Africa.

Case Studies