19%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$436.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
4,316 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $48.1 M
  2. Ford Foundation $40.5 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $35.4 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $34.1 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $24.9 M
  6. Comic Relief UK $22.8 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $22.1 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $12.1 M
  9. NoVo Foundation $11.0 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $10.2 M
  11. Human Dignity Foundation $10.1 M
  12. EEA and Norway Grants $9.4 M
  13. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.9 M
  14. The California Endowment $6.6 M
  15. Hivos $6.2 M
  16. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $6.2 M
  17. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $6.2 M
  18. National Endowment for Democracy $5.7 M
  19. Public Welfare Foundation $4.8 M
  20. The Henry Smith Charity $4.4 M
  21. The Global Fund for Women $4.0 M
  22. Segal Family Foundation $3.2 M
  23. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $3.1 M
  24. Laura and John Arnold Foundation $3.0 M
  25. New Israel Fund $2.9 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

21%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$766.6 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
2,663 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $130.6 M
  2. Canada $117.6 M
  3. Norway $84.2 M
  4. Global Fund $81.4 M
  5. European Union Institutions $60.3 M
  6. United Kingdom $54.1 M
  7. Finland $49.1 M
  8. United States $44.1 M
  9. Australia $27.3 M
  10. Germany $21.7 M
  11. Spain $21.5 M
  12. Denmark $15.8 M
  13. Netherlands $12.6 M
  14. Switzerland $10.8 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $10.7 M
  16. Belgium $10.2 M
  17. Ireland $5.0 M
  18. Italy $2.5 M
  19. Austria $2.1 M
  20. Luxembourg $967.1 K
  21. New Zealand $940.8 K
  22. France $716.1 K
  23. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $355.0 K
  24. Iceland $338.1 K
  25. Japan $262.6 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$34,404,784 (8%)
523 Grants (12%)

Caribbean

$3,081,264 (1%)
55 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$22,135,407 (5%)
455 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$51,758,973 (12%)
144 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$19,846,903 (5%)
488 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$11,121,905 (3%)
131 Grants (3%)

North America

$163,366,938 (37%)
1,325 Grants (31%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$74,739,356 (17%)
889 Grants (21%)

Western Europe

$61,884,098 (14%)
359 Grants (8%)

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.

Foundation Funding by Strategy

Strategy totals include foundation funding that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. Grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • National Postcode Loterij
    Defence for Children-ECPAT (Netherlands)
    For their work to realize the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The Kendeda Fund
    International Women's Health Coalition (United States)
    For work to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive rights and health of adolescent girls.