8%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$140.2 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
1,512 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $28.4 M
  2. The Oak Foundation $19.4 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $10.3 M
  4. Humanity United $10.1 M
  5. The Atlantic Philanthropies $7.6 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $6.7 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $5.4 M
  8. NoVo Foundation $5.3 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.8 M
  10. Tides Foundation $3.4 M
  11. The Allstate Foundation $2.8 M
  12. Human Dignity Foundation $2.7 M
  13. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $2.6 M
  14. Mama Cash $2.2 M
  15. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $2.2 M
  16. The Global Fund for Women $2.2 M
  17. National Endowment for Democracy $2.1 M
  18. Ford Foundation $2.0 M
  19. The PHM Foundation $1.8 M
  20. Hivos $1.7 M
  21. Trust for London $1.1 M
  22. The Rees-Jones Foundation $1.0 M
  23. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $965.8 K
  24. Anonymous $931.9 K
  25. Mensen met een Missie $785.4 K
  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
1,327 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Canada $57.7 M
  2. Norway $48.4 M
  3. United States $43.8 M
  4. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $38.8 M
  5. Sweden $36.4 M
  6. European Union Institutions $35.9 M
  7. Germany $20.2 M
  8. Australia $16.4 M
  9. United Kingdom $15.6 M
  10. Denmark $15.5 M
  11. Japan $10.9 M
  12. Ireland $8.7 M
  13. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.9 M
  14. Netherlands $7.7 M
  15. Spain $6.8 M
  16. Switzerland $6.1 M
  17. Finland $4.3 M
  18. Belgium $3.9 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.0 M
  20. New Zealand $1.9 M
  21. France $858.5 K
  22. Austria $485.7 K
  23. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $378.5 K
  24. Iceland $349.6 K
  25. Luxembourg $314.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

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%)

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

  • The Oak Foundation
    Reprieve (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
    Tahirih Justice Center (United States)
    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.