16%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$277.3 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
2,877 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Anonymous $41.3 M
  2. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $39.5 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $26.0 M
  4. Ford Foundation $15.9 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $13.8 M
  6. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $10.2 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $8.9 M
  8. Public Welfare Foundation $6.2 M
  9. Hivos $5.9 M
  10. Public Interest Projects $5.2 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.0 M
  12. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $4.5 M
  13. American Jewish World Service $3.3 M
  14. Global Fund for Children $3.2 M
  15. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.0 M
  16. The Wal-Mart Foundation $2.9 M
  17. Levi Strauss Foundation $2.8 M
  18. Humanity United $2.7 M
  19. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.6 M
  20. The Colorado Trust $2.5 M
  21. The California Endowment $2.4 M
  22. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $2.2 M
  23. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $2.1 M
  24. Tides Foundation $2.0 M
  25. ConAgra Foods Feeding Children Better Foundation $1.7 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

20%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$691.9 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights
2,327 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Global Fund $105.3 M
  2. Canada $102.8 M
  3. Norway $93.8 M
  4. Sweden $77.2 M
  5. United Kingdom $62.5 M
  6. European Union Institutions $55.5 M
  7. Spain $45.3 M
  8. United States $30.5 M
  9. Netherlands $19.0 M
  10. Denmark $12.2 M
  11. Switzerland $10.8 M
  12. Finland $10.8 M
  13. Belgium $8.7 M
  14. Australia $8.5 M
  15. Germany $7.9 M
  16. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.4 M
  17. Ireland $7.4 M
  18. Italy $4.0 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $3.7 M
  20. Japan $3.6 M
  21. International Development Association $3.5 M
  22. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $3.4 M
  23. New Zealand $2.1 M
  24. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $1.9 M
  25. Austria $1.2 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2011 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$26,519,896 (10%)
417 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$1,403,469 (1%)
32 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$12,799,969 (5%)
309 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$20,903,419 (8%)
133 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$12,987,900 (5%)
286 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,529,803 (3%)
92 Grants (3%)

North America

$128,967,205 (47%)
1,055 Grants (37%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$53,420,357 (19%)
428 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$18,030,777 (7%)
160 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 Intersecting Populations

In order to show the intersections of multiple population groups, these graphics indicate other population groups supported within funding towards the group highlighted on this page.

Sample Grants

  • The Oak Foundation
    Save the Children (England)
    To protect children on the move worldwide from exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence, by increasing access to stronger protection systems.
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
    Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (United States)
    To identify and remove societal factors that create health disadvantages for children, a disproportionate number of whom are children of color, by providing support to a cadre of fellows that will provide national leadership on food justice issues.