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.

8%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$140.2 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this 8%
68% Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
20% Freedom from Slavery and Trafficking
6% Freedom from Gender/Identity-based Violence
6% Freedom from Domestic Violence

Top Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $28.37 M
  2. The Oak Foundation $19.42 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $10.30 M
  4. Humanity United $10.13 M
  5. The Atlantic Philanthropies $7.62 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $6.71 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $5.41 M
  8. NoVo Foundation $5.29 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.76 M
  10. Tides Foundation $3.35 M
  11. The Allstate Foundation $2.80 M
  12. Human Dignity Foundation $2.70 M
  13. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $2.57 M
  14. Mama Cash $2.25 M
  15. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $2.19 M
  16. The Global Fund for Women $2.16 M
  17. National Endowment for Democracy $2.07 M
  18. Ford Foundation $2.01 M
  19. The PHM Foundation $1.80 M
  20. Hivos $1.66 M
  21. Trust for London $1.07 M
  22. The Rees-Jones Foundation $1.00 M
  23. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $0.97 M
  24. Anonymous $0.93 M
  25. Mensen met een Missie $0.79 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

11%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$392.2 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $57.74 M
  2. Norway $48.38 M
  3. United States $43.85 M
  4. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $38.79 M
  5. Sweden $36.37 M
  6. European Union Institutions $35.94 M
  7. Germany $20.19 M
  8. Australia $16.40 M
  9. United Kingdom $15.62 M
  10. Denmark $15.49 M
  11. Japan $10.92 M
  12. Ireland $8.73 M
  13. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.91 M
  14. Netherlands $7.67 M
  15. Spain $6.77 M
  16. Switzerland $6.07 M
  17. Finland $4.25 M
  18. Belgium $3.91 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.97 M
  20. New Zealand $1.91 M
  21. France $0.86 M
  22. Austria $0.49 M
  23. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.38 M
  24. Iceland $0.35 M
  25. Luxembourg $0.31 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$13,754,429 (10%)
224 Grants (15%)

Caribbean

$897,447 (1%)
23 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$9,435,129 (7%)
210 Grants (14%)

Global Programs

$25,444,572 (18%)
173 Grants (11%)

Latin America & Mexico

$7,890,997 (6%)
127 Grants (8%)

Middle East & North Africa

$5,040,350 (4%)
87 Grants (6%)

North America

$22,123,499 (16%)
253 Grants (17%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$37,015,104 (26%)
269 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$21,619,993 (15%)
172 Grants (11%)

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

$119,867,319 (86%)
1,310 Grants (87%)

Women & Girls

$68,979,208 (49%)
911 Grants (60%)

Children & Youth

$57,236,824 (41%)
489 Grants (32%)

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

  • The Oak Foundation supported Reprieve in the United Kingdom to locate individuals unlawfully detained as part of counter-terrorism efforts and to hold governments and corporate entities accountable for the rendition, torture, and unlawful detention of prisoners.
  • Foundation for a Just Society supported Tahirih Justice Center in the USA to generate a better understanding of the nature and scope of forced marriage in the USA; empower and assist individuals at risk; develop and advocate for laws and policies to fill protection gaps; build a national network of service providers, advocates, and government agencies with tools and expertise to help victims; and ultimately, reduce the incidence of forced marriage nationwide.

Case Studies