21%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$376.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
3,534 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $40.7 M
  2. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $36.0 M
  3. Ford Foundation $30.3 M
  4. NoVo Foundation $28.8 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $23.0 M
  6. The Oak Foundation $19.4 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $18.8 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $16.0 M
  9. Nationale Postcode Loterij $12.9 M
  10. The California Endowment $10.4 M
  11. American Jewish World Service $8.4 M
  12. National Endowment for Democracy $8.0 M
  13. Public Welfare Foundation $7.5 M
  14. Hivos $6.7 M
  15. NIKE Foundation $6.3 M
  16. The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida $6.1 M
  17. Human Dignity Foundation $5.8 M
  18. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $4.1 M
  19. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.5 M
  20. Global Fund for Children $3.4 M
  21. Tides Foundation $3.3 M
  22. The Global Fund for Women $3.1 M
  23. NEO Philanthropy $3.0 M
  24. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $2.9 M
  25. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $2.9 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

23%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$780.3 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
2,090 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Global Fund $119.9 M
  2. Canada $103.4 M
  3. Sweden $102.6 M
  4. United Kingdom $82.7 M
  5. Norway $79.8 M
  6. European Union Institutions $49.5 M
  7. United States $36.5 M
  8. Australia $33.3 M
  9. Japan $28.9 M
  10. Netherlands $21.4 M
  11. Finland $20.8 M
  12. Spain $19.3 M
  13. Denmark $18.6 M
  14. Germany $16.4 M
  15. Belgium $10.9 M
  16. Switzerland $10.2 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.9 M
  18. Ireland $6.9 M
  19. Italy $3.0 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.9 M
  21. Austria $1.6 M
  22. New Zealand $996.6 K
  23. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $986.2 K
  24. Luxembourg $963.5 K
  25. Korea $689.9 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$28,648,402 (8%)
443 Grants (13%)

Caribbean

$2,164,735 (1%)
49 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$12,560,547 (3%)
293 Grants (8%)

Global Programs

$47,808,001 (13%)
161 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$19,181,220 (5%)
276 Grants (8%)

Middle East & North Africa

$12,143,201 (3%)
159 Grants (4%)

North America

$163,368,011 (43%)
1,323 Grants (37%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$65,009,965 (17%)
626 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$28,677,318 (8%)
216 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

  • Ford Foundation
    National University of Lanus (Argentina)
    To analyze the impact of North American and Central American migration policies on the rights of child migrants and to train organizations to monitor migrant children's rights.
  • Disability Rights Fund
    Special Attention Project (Ghana)
    To increase access to education and justice for children with learning disabilities living on the streets of Accra by adapting existing laws, policies, and practices to align with rights outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ratified by Ghana in 2012).