Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $262.2 M
  2. Ford Foundation $214.6 M
  3. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $85.8 M
  4. Comic Relief UK $80.4 M
  5. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $80.2 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $78.4 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $70.4 M
  8. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $64.5 M
  9. The Oak Foundation $53.5 M
  10. NoVo Foundation $44.9 M
  11. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $44.1 M
  12. Tides Foundation $32.6 M
  13. American Jewish World Service $29.4 M
  14. Hivos $29.2 M
  15. Nationale Postcode Loterij $27.9 M
  16. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $27.9 M
  17. Freedom House $26.5 M
  18. The California Endowment $25.4 M
  19. Public Welfare Foundation $22.5 M
  20. NEO Philanthropy $19.2 M
  21. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $18.7 M
  22. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $17.4 M
  23. Humanity United $17.3 M
  24. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $13.5 M
  25. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $12.4 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

Top Funders

  1. United States $535.3 M
  2. Sweden $431.5 M
  3. European Union Institutions $332.2 M
  4. Norway $306.8 M
  5. Canada $255.7 M
  6. United Kingdom $172.0 M
  7. Germany $169.9 M
  8. Switzerland $152.4 M
  9. Global Fund $148.5 M
  10. Denmark $147.7 M
  11. Netherlands $124.6 M
  12. Spain $120.9 M
  13. Australia $110.5 M
  14. Belgium $79.8 M
  15. Finland $62.4 M
  16. Japan $41.6 M
  17. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $38.8 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $38.5 M
  19. Ireland $37.7 M
  20. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $25.6 M
  21. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $16.8 M
  22. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $13.9 M
  23. France $12.1 M
  24. Austria $7.0 M
  25. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $6.6 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$141,085,005 (8%)
2,105 Grants (11%)

Caribbean

$17,250,913 (1%)
242 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$78,722,667 (4%)
1,533 Grants (8%)

Global Programs

$257,718,989 (14%)
1,322 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$132,421,692 (7%)
1,892 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$55,871,567 (3%)
834 Grants (4%)

North America

$821,286,477 (45%)
7,580 Grants (40%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$237,240,643 (13%)
2,648 Grants (14%)

Western Europe

$110,292,934 (6%)
1,153 Grants (6%)

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 Issue

Issue totals include foundation funding that could be identified as meant to address a specific issue. In order to provide unique totals and avoid double-counting, each foundation grant has been assigned to exactly one issue category within the human rights taxonomy.

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.